West Milford may move forward to enter the cannabis industry

West Milford. Aware that the state will soon begin to allow legalized sale of recreational marijuana, the township council wants be on board early on with business opportunities to benefit the municipality.

| 18 Jan 2021 | 11:02

With a significant financially lucrative industry likely to be spawned, the West Milford Township Council this week was expected to pass a resolution telling Township Administrator William Senande “to take steps to promote welcoming of such new businesses.”

The official document up for passage into law said Senande shall work collaborating with those in industry seeking to operate as grower, processor, wholesaler or retailer within the township.”

Noting that the new industry will create employment opportunities through its four sectors of growers, processors, wholesalers and retailers and can provide substantial financial benefits to the township, the resolution was ready for passage by a council vote.

The resolution said that all steps are to be taken to ensure that the township ordinances account for the needs of the new industry.

The township shall work collaboratively with those in the four divisions of the industry, it said.

The council discussed passage of the resolution in December 2020 but no action on it was taken.

The council membership has changed since then with Councilwomen Andie Pegel and Patricia Gerst retiring from their positions on Dec. 31 2020. They did not seek re-election.

Replacing them were new council members Michael Chazukow and David Marsden.