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Brian Johnston, Asbury Park Press

FLEMINGTON – A lot of cannabis corporations want to move to Flemington, but the areas exactly where they can set up shop could be restricted.

The Borough Council introduced an ordinance Monday that restricted the areas exactly where cannabis corporations can open in the county seat.

If it passes just after a public hearing March 27, the shops will not be permitted to open downtown or in the Stangl Road location.

The shops will only be permitted on state highways or county roads, the ordinance says.

But Borough Administrator Michael Humphrey told the Council that he is acquiring telephone calls from cannabis corporations, which have currently received state approval, searching to find in Flemington and are in the “pre-leasing” stage.

He mentioned they are eying spaces, such as the vacant Rite Help at Route 31 and Church Street, the former Red Crab Juicy Seafood on the Flemington Circle and the former 30 Burgers subsequent to Burger King on Route 202.

Flemington has only 4 cannabis licenses, two for health-related sales and two for recreational sales. A single place can have each health-related and recreational sales.

Aunt Mary’s opened a health-related cannabis dispensary in the Shoppes at Flemington off the Flemington Circle in February.

For a shop to obtain state approval, a company should obtain the endorsement of the borough.

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In November, the Council endorsed McGraw Holdings’ proposal to open a dispensary on Stangl Road, but McGraw has not received approval from the state, Humphrey mentioned.

Council Member Susan Engelhardt mentioned the Organizing Board had determined by a majority vote that the proposed ordinance was “not in the spirit” of Flemington’s master program and was “substantially inconsistent” with the master plan’s contact to encourage extra company in the downtown location.

Engelhardt, who also sits on the Organizing Board with Mayor Marcia Karrow, mentioned she supported the ordinance that can be changed at any time.

Due to the fact cannabis is a new company, she mentioned it could be “scary” for some individuals and wanted to wait a handful of years to see the effect of cannabis corporations in the state.

Karrow mentioned a “large concern” prompting the proposed ordinance limiting the corporations to highways was parking and visitors.

Downtown and Stangl Road could not have sufficient parking to deal with the visitors generated by a cannabis company, she mentioned, as opposed to Aunt Mary’s which is in a purchasing center with sufficient parking and great visitors circulation.

Karrow also mentioned the ordinance can be changed “anytime we want.”

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