Last month, we told you about a township in New Jerseythat was considering banning marijuana farming for any purposes. Upper Freehold Township, home to 8,600 acres of pristine preserved farmland, was scheduled to hold a committee on the issue on December 15th. Unfortunately, the committee decided to ban any farming within the limits of the township. The vote was held in reaction to a proposal from Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center, which wanted to build two greenhouses that would total 14,760 square feet for growing, and another 5,600 square foot building for crop treatment.
Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center calls the committee’s actions a “kneejerk reaction,” saying that the issue hadn’t even come before a zoning or property board before the township decided to react. Freehold Mayor LoriSue Mount argues that “It’s against federal law,” and the citizens and board members at the committee centered their case around that, saying that they don’t have the police force to regulate such facilities, nor does their citizenry desire such facilities in their town.
So then why exactly does the 10th Amendment exist? The federal law argument has been used time and time again to blast dispensaries and growers alike, and it pains me to see state rights being impeded by people who clearly have other agendas behind anti-marijuana legislation. If you’re going to try to ban farming of marijuana, at least have reasoning other than federal law and “What about the children?” Growth and cultivation of a flower in New Jersey is perfectly legal and regulated, and it would bring much needed commerce to rural townships like Upper Freehold. Hopefully, we’ll see less of this in the future.