WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-person town “Cannabis Commission” is tasked with taking a hard look at how Westfield should handle New Jersey’s recent legalization of marijuana.
Mayor Shelley Brindle this week announced the formation of the commission to address legalized weed, including the town’s decisions on marijuana dispensaries.
“The recent legalization of marijuana here in New Jersey will raise many questions for every community about if and how it plans to move forward with regard to dispensaries on the local level,” Brindle said at Tuesday’s town council meeting.
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The commission, Brindle announced, will include representatives from local law enforcement, municipal government, the board of health, the Human Relations Advisory Commission and Downtown Westfield Corporation, among others.
It comes as New Jersey grapples with the specifics of legalized marijuana including a provision in the law — likely to be rolled back — that prohibits law enforcement from notifying parents about children’s first-time violations for underage pot smoking.
The provision is one that had prompted pushback from Westfield’s Police Chief Christopher Battiloro, among other law