FLEMINGTON, NJ – As the state works to expand access to medical marijuana, Clinton is the latest Hunterdon town to be eyed as a potential outlet for the drug.
Flemington approved a resolution last month supporting applications for an “Alternative Treatment Center,” which is what the state calls a provider of medical marijuana. At the Borough Council meeting, Council and the public heard a presentation by Bob Pease and Jonathon Goldrath, who represent Altus New Jersey, LLC, a company planning to seek a state license to dispense marijuana.
The resolution prompted a letter to the editor from borough resident Sandi Scott, a local resident and business owner who is running for a seat on Flemington Council.
At its meeting tomorrow, Clinton’s Town Council will hear a presentation from Keystone Canna Remedies. Mayor Janice Kovach took to Facebook yesterday to alert residents to the meeting, where she said the company will “present and gauge interest in Clinton hosting a dispensary,” which could be in the TD Bank building near the car wash on West Main Street.
“I believe this is an issue that residents need to weigh in on and any decisions cannot be made without your input,” the Mayor wrote.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Fire Department building on New Street.
At last week’s Hunterdon Freeholder meeting, Freeholder Susan Soloway said she’d read news reports regarding a possible medical marijuana dispensary in Flemington.
As the state seeks increased access to medical marijuana, “Some residents have reached out to me asking what role the county does play in the authorization for such a facility,” she said. “The short answer is – under current law – none.”
The state “reviews applications for these alternative treatment centers,” Soloway said. “Applications are not reviewed on the county level, nor is the county given any opportunity for input.”
Changes to the state marijuana program are likely and, “The county Health Department will stay up-to-date on potential implications,” Soloway said, “and any additional strain it may cause on local county resources.”