Montclair Momentum

Montclair Prepares For Legal Weed

Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in New Jersey, Montclair has until Aug.

21 to implement laws regulating establishments that sell it. Although smoking marijuana for those 21 years of age and older and on private property has been legal since February, municipalities are now dealing with their end of regulating sales — setting local zoning for where establishments can be located and how many there can be, creating taxes on the product, establishing registration fees for retailers and setting civil penalties for violation of ordinances. In December 2012, Montclair was the first town in the state to welcome an alternative treatment center — then Greenleaf Compassion Center — in which cannabis could be sold for medical uses only; however, the town never created any ordinances zoning the establishments or collecting taxes on sales.