The Sparta Township Council introduced an ordinance on May 25th banning cannabis establishments, cannabis dealers, or cannabis delivery services from working in the community.

The measure was passed 4: 1, with only City Councilor Dan Chiariello voting against.

The exception is the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service.

New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulation, Enforcement, and Market Modernization Act legalizes recreational marijuana use by adults aged 221 and over, and establishes a system of regulation and licensing for its operation, use, and possession.

There are six classes of licenses: Cultivator, Manufacturer, Wholesaler, Dealer, Retailer, and Delivery.

The municipalities can regulate five of the license classes, but not the residents of the townships who have it delivered to them.

The law also allows municipalities to ban the operation of one or more of the five licenses they control, but must do so by August 22nd. Otherwise, the sale and resale of cannabis would have been permitted in all industrial zones and retail sales would have been a conditional use in commercial and retail zones.

If the municipality allows licenses, it can levy a tax of 2 percent on five of the license classes. Wholesalers can be taxed at 1 percent.