MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Township Committee on Monday gave its unanimous support to a proposed cannabis retail location at 1580 Route 9, at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard.
Insa Middle Township LLC has received a conditional state license for a Class 5 cannabis business, meaning it could sell flower, edibles, vaping material and other cannabis products to those over 21.
The vote from the committee is a needed step toward approval of an annual license from the state, which would be needed before the business could open.
Several residents had questions before the vote, including about security at the site, the potential for increased traffic and how police could enforce laws against intoxicated driving. There is no test for whether a driver is high on cannabis analogous to roadside tests for alcohol, which measure breath or blood alcohol content.
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