South Plainfield bans marijuana retail stores
SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The Borough Council has voted to ban retail cannabis businesses from operating anywhere in the city.
Cultivation and delivery are also prohibited, with the exception of the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service.
However, the borough will authorize two cannabis manufacturing companies, two wholesale businesses and a distributor in designated industrial zones. Licensed companies must all be licensed.
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The ordinance, which was approved on August 16 by a 4-2 vote with Council Chairman Derryck White and Councilor Peter Smith casting the two dissenting votes, also includes a transfer and use tax on revenues from the sale of cannabis items from one establishment to another.
Under the ordinance, a transfer tax of 1% will be levied on the proceeds of each sale by a cannabis wholesaler in the borough, and a use tax at the same rate will be imposed on cannabis not subject to the transfer tax. The transfer or use tax will be in addition to any other tax permitted by law.
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