SOUTH BOUND BROOK – The Borough Council has passed an ordinance allowing two marijuana shops to open here.

The stores will be allowed in the borough’s Business Zone, which extends from the intersection of Madison Street and Canal Road to the intersection of Main and Madison streets to the intersection of Main and Maple streets.

The stores allowed to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The ordinance also requires the stores to have 24-hour video surveillance equipment and trained security personnel during business hours.

When applying for a permit to open a marijuana store, applicants will be required to submit a plan to prevent people under the age of 21 from entering and attempting to buy cannabis products. A separate plan for storing the products also must be submitted.

Permits to operate a store will be valid for one year, and all businesses would be required to apply to renew their permit.

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The ordinance also requires the stores to ensure the proper behavior of customers and not allow “lewdness, immoral activity, foul, filthy, or obscene language or conduct, or any brawl, act of violence, disturbance or unnecessary noise.”

 

The ordinance bans any person from consuming marijuana in any public place or within marijuana stores. This includes streets, parking lots, borough property, parks, sidewalks, waterways, shopping centers or any vehicle on public roads or sidewalks.

South Bound Brook is one of only a few of Somerset County’s 21 municipalities to allow marijuana businesses, including Somerville and neighboring Franklin.

Under state law, municipalities have until Aug. 22, six months after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the legalization legislation, to adopt ordinances to allow or prohibit marijuana businesses within their borders.

If a municipality does not adopt an ordinance, then marijuana businesses would be allowed for five years.

If a municipality passes an ordinance not allowing marijuana businesses, municipalities can change the ordinance at any time to allow sales.

 

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