Garfield, in an about-face, says marijuana dispensaries could be good for city –

GARFIELD – City officials have taken the first step toward possibly allowing marijuana sales by calling for a study of exactly where zoning would allow a dispensary.

This week, the council voted to authorize the city manager to look into what areas in the city would abide by the state’s guidelines regarding dispensary locations.

Councilman Joseph Delaney said council members felt it was important to look into the possibility, because the tax incentives would benefit the city.

“We have to look into if this is doable in the city, which is what the city manager is doing now,” he said. “If it is something we can do, we’d like it.”

New Jersey residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization in November but it took until late February for state officials to agree on and pass legislation.

City Manager Tom Duch said the city has two planners that will do a study to look into the zoning requirements and what may be permissible as far as “cultivation and/or dispensary” requirements.

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