Trenton council considers banning downtown dispensaries over fears of 'smoked-out' atmosphere – The Trentonian
TRENTON — Old-school prohibitionists want to keep pot out of downtown Trenton, fearing the city will look like a scene out of “Reefer Madness.”
One of New Jersey’s biggest marijuana advocates is prepared to take the city to court if it passes what he says amounts to the Pothead Exclusion Act.
“It’s black-on-black crime. Who needs the Klan when you have good Black people like Ms. [Kathy] McBride?” local ganjapreneur Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion said in an interview this week. “I’m going on the offense. I’m gonna tie up the whole city.”
What has Forchion all burnt up: Council’s consideration of an ordinance that essentially banishes cannabis dispensaries to the fringes of the capital city.
The ordinance, which has gone through several revisions, is up for adoption at a special meeting Thursday.
The meeting is two days ahead of a state deadline for municipalities to ban or pass local legislation welcoming, regulating and taxing adult-use recreational marijuana in their towns.
Failure to act means Trenton would be locked into the state’s general rules and would have to wait five years it it wanted to ban marijuana businesses.
As written, Trenton’s ordinance would allow up to five cannabis dispensaries to operate in the capital city, down