TRENTON — Shelve the lawsuit, NJ Weedman.
After nearly five hours of haggling over a cannabis ordinance up against a looming state deadline, council caved to the demands of the people at a special meeting Thursday, doing away with a ban on downtown dispensaries that officials felt would’ve hampered a revitalization of the capital city.
The governing body, by a 5-1 vote, also reverted to allowing for 10 dispensaries in four existing zones, in line with Mayor Reed Gusciora’s original proposal.
The three other districts where dispensaries are allowed are Enterprise Avenue, Route 1 industrial area and the Roebling Complex.
West Ward councilwoman Robin Vaughn was the lone legislator who said no to the ordinance, while council president Kathy McBride was absent from the final vote.
The move came two days ahead of New Jersey’s deadline for municipalities to ban or pass ordinances welcoming, regulating and taxing adult-use recreational marijuana in their towns.
Trenton legislators faced intense pushback from residents who felt the impositions would keep the city from fully reaping economic benefits of adult-use cannabis, which New Jersey voters overwhelmingly favored in last year’s general election.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion. “I think a couple snakes who were trying to