Phillipsburg OKs recreational weed sales at The Apothecarium, but nowhere else –

Once New Jersey officials green-light recreational, adult-use marijuana sales, Phillipsburg’s medical dispensary has the town’s approval to open its doors to weed users and the cannabis-curious ages 21 and older.

Town council on Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance prohibiting recreational cannabis businesses in Phillipsburg, except at The Apothecarium that opened last November at 55 S. Main St.

New Jersey voters in a ballot referendum last November approved legalizing recreational, adult-use marijuana. Gov. Phil Murphy in February signed the legalization legislation into law, and a commission has been working to hammer out regulations before retail sales can begin.

Municipalities have until Aug. 21 to opt out of permitting recreational marijuana businesses within their borders, and those that opt in face a five-year moratorium before they can once again consider local rules for the industry.

Phillipsburg council on June 15 gave initial approval to the ordinance banning recreational, adult-use businesses. The discussion among council members at the meeting focused on opting out of allowing recreational cannabis sales by the deadline, to buy time to consider at a later date permitting these businesses to operate.

The ordinance available for public review ahead of the June 15 meeting did not include The Apothecarium’s exception, and on

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