A survey put out by the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) and the Cannabis Advisory Group is seeking the input of state mayors regarding the newly legal cannabis industry in New Jersey.
“The purpose of this survey is to identify the most pressing challenges and concerns facing their communities in preparation for the sale of both medical and adult-use cannabis and help inform and guide our work with the State Cannabis Regulatory Commission,” said Mayor of Clinton, Janice Kovach, who is also the president of the NJLM.
The NJLM hopes to gather data to help them learn more about what challenges they may face as local government representatives. The survey asks about whether municipalities will be allowing cannabis businesses, and to what degree they will be allowing legal cannabis sales, grows or other facilities in their areas.
“It’s an exciting new landscape in New Jersey, but marijuana legalization also poses a lot of unknowns, particularly on the local level,” said Jacqueline Ferraro of the Cannabis Advisory Group. “To help ensure the industry’s success, we felt it was important to gather a comprehensive understanding of the concerns, questions and predispositions of our municipalities. By teaming up with the League, we hope to help policymakers, entrepreneurs and community members strategically address those issues that are most pressing as legalization moves forward.”
She claims that the plan “is to hear from all of our communities on the impact of recreational cannabis—especially what they want to see from the League and the Advisory Group as resources.”
“We are a diverse state of 565 municipalities and there is no one size fits all,” she added. “This survey will help guide the tools that need to be made available for informed decisions.” The survey will provide more insight about cannabis and what New Jersey can expect when it becomes officially legal on January 1, 2021.