HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Council passed an ordinance on introduction on Tuesday evening amending the Borough Code to “prohibit the operation of any class of cannabis business ...within its geographical boundaries and further supplement the code to prohibit the use by any of class of licensed cannabis business upon any premises in any zone in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights."
The Council passed the measure along party lines, with Republican Councilmen Michael Sickels, Ron Kistner, Russell Lipari and Councilwoman Joesphine Ciocia voting to pass the measure. Democrats Steven Reyngoudt and Christopher Hillmann voted against the measure.
The measure will be heard on public hearing at the April 27 Council meeting.
This is not the first time that Hasbrouck Heights has passed legislation against selling marijuana in Hasbrouck Heights, having previously passed a similar ordinance in February 2018.
Additionally, the Council passed on Public Hearing ordinance 2482 to exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits and to establish a Cap Bank. “A “cap bank” allows the governing body to “bank” the permission it was given to spend a certain amount of money in one year, but which was not actually spent, for use in subsequent years.”
The legislation passed 4-1, with Councilman Lipari absent from the vote and Councilman Hillman voting against it.
Later the Council voted to pass the introduction of the 2021 Budget. The measure again passed with a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Hillmann voting against. There will be public discussion and the opportunity for interested parties to object to items within the budget on May 11 at 7 pm. (A story further detailing the budget will be done later in the week).