Hasbrouck Heights Council Honors State Football Champions, Discusses New Ordinance Prohibiting Marijuana Shops

Coaches and members of the Hasbrouck Heights High School 2017 football state champions were honored by the Mayor and Council at Tuesday night's meeting. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Hasbrouck Heights High School cheerleaders from the 2017 state champions were honored by the Mayor and Council at Tuesday night's meeting. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Councilman Chris Hillmann raised concerns about a new borough ordinance prohibiting marijuana businesses in the town. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  A meeting which started out with honoring the 2017 Hasbrouck Heights football team for winning North 1, Group 1 state championship ended on a completely different note, with a spirited and sometimes emotional discussion about an ordinance being introduced for the first time.

The ordinance, which would supplement the Hasbrouck Heights zoning code, would “prohibit the use of any premises in any zoning district of the of the borough of Hasbrouck Heights for sale of marijuana or marijuana substitutes except for the sale of Prescribed Medical Marijuana upon certain premises.”

Councilman Chris Hillmann and two residents raised questions to the Mayor and Council concerning the timing and logic behind the resolution, as well as why certain details were what they were.

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Councilman Ron Kistner and Council Justin DiPisa both spoke on the issue, with DiPisa, who is a pharmacist, extolling that everyone look at the facts, both pro and con, before deciding.  He stressed that it was an important issue, and understood that people were passionate and emotional about their side in the debate.  He said he would continue to educate himself before the next meeting,

The Council voted 5-1 to move forward on the issue, with Hillmann voting no.  However, as Councilman Kistner pointed out, public discussion will be heard at the next meeting, and tonight’s vote was not passage of the ordinance.

TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro will provide more in-depth coverage of the meeting in the immediate future.

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