Health & Wellness

Local Township Committee Unanimously Adopts Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Retail Sales; Cannabis Advocates Disagree

6f997fdd8a421c67c8f9_LeftyRitter.jpg
Edward "Lefty" Grimes, left, a cannabis advocate opposed the ban of marijuana adopted at the behest of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter Credits: TAP Chatham
2ca4c3b63fe653c78e33_dfc2745fa5d840f9982f_IMG_1370.jpg
Albert Cruz, township attorney, said the ordinance does not prohibit the use of medical marijuana Credits: TAP Chatham
e84001caba2b46aaac15_a945403c13341711ebbc_IMG_1372.jpg
Rose McGill of Lawrenceville spoke of the health benefits associated with the use of cannabis Credits: TAP Chatham
86ae8637c8bf2d03aee2_220c701c535a00a84f61_IMG_1373.jpg
Wayne Burrini, a medical marijuana user, asked the committee to reconsider the ordinance banning marijuana in Chatham Township Credits: TAP Chatham
e8f12cba9930ea58430d_4a7c04ae6c77278bbc64_IMG_1374.JPG
Former Denver resident Lori Read, who moved to Chatham Township in the mid-1990s, warned of the problems legalization of marijuana has caused in Colorado Credits: TAP Chatham
6f997fdd8a421c67c8f9_LeftyRitter.jpg

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter began the new year by pledging to oppose Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and Thursday night he followed through by voting to adopt an ordinance that prohibits "marijuana cultivation, production testing, manufacturing facilities and retail stores' in the township.

The Chatham Township Committee voted 5-0 to adopt the ordinance at its regular meeting.

Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter reiterates why he is for the marijuana ban before the vote

Sign Up for E-News

In February, some of the same medical marijuana advocates came to argue the benefits of cannabis at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting. Edward "Lefty" Grimes of East Hanover, one of those advocates who addressed the borough council, spoke during the public portion of the meeting on Thursday.

Albert Cruz, Chatham Township attorney, explained in the video below that the ordinance adopted by the committee does not prohibit medical marijuana use.

Chatham Township resident Lori Read spoke during the public portion of the meeting about the problems the legalization of marijuana has caused in Denver (see video below), where she used to live. 

Wayne Burrini of Randolph and Rose McGill of Lawrenceville spoke in favor of cannabis use and asked the committee to reconsider in videos below.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township

June 30, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for a heat advisory for Millburn Township through 12:00 pm Sunday. However, an excessive heat watch runs through Monday evening. 

According to the NWS, the heat index values are projected in the mid to upper 90s today and ...

Three High-End Retailers Hit by Thefts; Millburn Police Investigating

June 28, 2018

On June 19, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Crawn responded to Neiman Marcus on a theft report. Neiman Marcus personnel report a black male wearing a red hat, black winter coat, and tan backpack concealed 2 pairs of headphones valued at $498.00 in his backpack and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

On June 19, 2018 ...

Second Millburn Summer Concert Set for Sunday, July 8

July 4, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Summer Concerts in the Park program will hold its second concert of the season featuring “Soul Groove” this Sunday, July 8th (7:00pm-8:30 pm). All of the concerts are free of charge and take place in Taylor Park on Main Street. 

Soul Groove comes back again this year to the summer concert series  Together ...

Authorities are Seeking Assistance in Finding Victim’s Family 

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating relatives of Gilbert Garcia, a/k/a Geovanny Gonzales, who died on Friday, June 22, 2018 after being assaulted in Newark. Garcia was attacked on Raymond Boulevard near Penn Station in the early morning hours of June 22. He was ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...