Will Parsippany Have Its own Marijuana Dispensary? A Divided Council Vote Makes That Unclear

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PARSIPPANY, NJ – According to Councilman Michael dePierro, a copy of the Ordinance which was brought forward to a vote regarding potential marijuana dispensaries, was not in his meeting preparation packet and therefore he needed more time before casting a vote. The Parsippany Council voted on a resolution supporting Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 6 regarding the expansion of Marijuana Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) and dePierro says he did not have enough time to consider the impact to Parsippany residents and zoning requirements.  Councilman dePierro made this comment,  “I personally support medicinal marijuana facilities and expansion of those facilities but want to further study the full impact before figuring out where it should go…who regulates it…who runs it etc. I needed more information.”

Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani asked to Table the motion calling for a vote, to allow more time for consideration, but her request to Table was denied 3-2.

The council voted at last night’s April 3rd meeting to support Governor Murphy’s executive order No. 6, which expands distribution points for medical marijuana.  The vote was cast at 3-2 with Carifi, McCarthy and Peterson voting in favor; with dePierro and Gragnani voting against. There was a large crowd – approximately 30-35 people, including activists from outside Parsippany – who came to speak out on the issue.  Parsippany being a potential location for a medical marijuana dispensary, which Murphy’s order would allow, seemed to be the overwhelming opinion.

You can read the Governor’s executive order by clicking here.

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