Will Ventnor permit cannabis sales within the city limits? The issue was discussed during the Ventnor Commission meeting of April 8.
Ventnor must soon introduce an ordinance to allow or prohibit cannabis business.
New Jersey towns like Ventnor and Margate have until August 1 to pass a cannabis- related ordinance.
Towns must opt-in or opt-out. Will they allow grow, manufacture, distribution and/or selling of marijuana flower, edible, cream and other cannabis products.
In Feb. 2021, Governor Phil Murphy legalized recreational cannabis in New Jersey for adults 21+. He also decriminalized weed for those under 21.
Ventnor Mayor is OK for it to be sold in Ventnor, but admits that it’s one of the toughest decisions to make. There is concern about the image of Ventnor. Just like Ocean City was concerned.
Ventnor has 13 liquor stores. No one has a problem with that. So why not a weed store?
Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman: Allowing legal marijuana sales would be better and safer than buying drugs from street dealers. Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
Note: Towns like Ventnor can’t prevent delivery of cannabis products from businesses located outside of town boundaries.
Medical marijuana is already available to Ventnor residents.
Towns that OK weed, can charge a 2% cannabis tax. At this time, not a very attractive financial return.
Ventnor Police Chief Biagi: Take it slow. Ventnor is on the verge of greatness. We can’t grow too quick.
Public will be allowed to smoke cannabis on private property. Current smoking ban ordinance for Boardwalk and public property may need updating.