The South Orange Village Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting on August 20 to approve “Resolution Supporting the Expansion of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” allowing for a potential Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) to be located in the Village.
Any such center would be regulated under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (N.J.S.A 24:6I-1 et seq.), if granted a license by the State of New Jersey Department of Health, according to an announcement of the meeting from Village President Sheena Collum. Collum noted, “As indicated within the resolution, we may proscribe, without limitation, appropriate restrictions that we deem necessary and such permitted use would be subject to any and all municipal ordinances and land use restrictions.”
“It is very seldom that I would convene a special meeting of the governing body for the sole purpose of considering a single resolution and one that would likely generate community interest or questions,” wrote Collum.
Collum explained that the special meeting was needed because “the deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday, August 31, 2018.
Of the 5 Trustees in attendance, all voted in favor of the resolution. Trustee Karen Hilton was absent due to a family obligation; she told Village Green that she would have voted against the resolution.
See the resolution here: