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Posted on: January 3, 2022

South Orange to introduce Commercial Cannabis Ordinances


Zoning, licensing and taxation legislation to be introduced on January 10 and public presentation on February 14.

Ordinances governing the zoning, licensing and taxation of recreational cannabis businesses in South Orange will be introduced to the Board of Trustees on Monday, January 10. 

A formal presentation of this legislation will be made during the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, February 14 and will include time for questions from the public. 

The ordinances were developed based on input from the South Orange Cannabis Task Force which includes members of the public, Village professional staff, the South Orange Police Department and representatives of SOMA Action and SOMA Justice. The Task Force, chaired by Trustee Bob Zuckerman and guided by South Orange’s planning consulting firm, Topology held a Town Hall on October 21, 2021. A video recording  can be viewed here. Download the Town Hall presentation here.

Trustee Bob Zuckerman stated, "I am very excited that we will be introducing an ordinance on January 10 to permit the legal sale and commercial cultivation of recreational cannabis here in South Orange. The Cannabis Task Force, which I chaired, worked diligently for six months to craft this policy which we believe will balance the interests of our residents, who voted overwhelmingly to permit recreational cannabis in New Jersey, and our South Orange business community. I am looking forward to passing the ordinance on first reading and having a robust discussion of the ordinance before final passage at the public hearing on February 14." 

View or download the proposed ordinances here:

- Cannabis Zoning

- Cannabis Taxation

- Cannabis Licensing & Regulations

To attend the Board of Trustee meetings please find the meeting registration information in the calendar section of our website at

Questions can be directed to Trustee Zuckerman at

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