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South Orange presents proposed marijuana sales ordinance

A recreational cannabis business ordinance was formally presented at Monday's meeting of the South Orange Village Board of Trustees.  

The proposed ordinance will supervise zoning, licensing and taxation of recreational cannabis businesses in South Orange.  

The ordinance would include conditions such as a “500 square feet buffer from schools” and consumption areas “must be indoors [and] located on ground or second floors,” said Marc Lincer a planner at the Village’s urban planning partner firm Topology who hosted the formal presentation.  

In the November 2020 referendum to legalize marijuana, South Orange had the highest percentage of yes votes on legal marijuana of any municipality in the state, according to Trustee Bob Zuckerman, head of the South Orange Cannabis Task Force.  

Eighty-four percent of South Orange residents voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana while New Jersey as a whole voted 67% in favor of the proposed legislation, according to the presentation.

The Board of Trustees will vote on the cannabis ordinances Feb. 28.  

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