Morristown council hears cannabis appeals – Morristown Green

By Mike Leavy

Morristown’s council got an earful Wednesday from three applicants rejected for a cannabis dispensary license.

They questioned the selection process, contended the town’s cannabis ordinance was ambiguous, and suggested minority ownership and community involvement should have been given more weight.

Uma Flowers, a company that operates a cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts, was awarded a recreational cannabis license by a 6-0 council vote in May. If it secures state approval, the company intends to open in a former car rental store at 102 Ridgedale Ave., near the Morris Township border.

The rejected applicants restated their pitches, seemingly with an eye toward a second cannabis license that the town may offer.

But Frank Vitolo, attorney for Uma flowers, reminded the council that the other applicants were appealing its decision. Such appeals, he said, typically are limited to arguing whether a decision was “arbitrary and capricious.”

In all, six applications were filed. Applicants filing appeals were The Summit, 64-66 Market St.; ALTA AMFI,  77-79 Market St.; The Banc Street Collective, 51 Bank St.; and Tangerine Tree Dispensary, 153 Morris St.

Representatives of Tangerine Tree Dispensary left Wednesday’s meeting without speaking. A fifth applicant, Sweet Spot Garden State, 64-55 Ridgedale Ave., did

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