Memo from the Mayor - August 7, 2019
Last night, the Highland Park governing body took a big step towards improving life for area residents with debilitating, painful ailments. The Borough Council voted to approve Sunrise Wellness NJ’s application to locate a medical marijuana facility in Highland Park. Moving testimonies of residents who suffered for years with pain, or who watched family members destroy their lives with addictive Opioids, indicated the positive effect a closely regulated medical marijuana dispensary will have on members of our community.
The approved resolution in support of a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the Borough, in accordance with the N.J. Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, will also do much to boost the economic vitality of Highland Park. Once finally approved and licensed to operate in the Borough by the State of New Jersey Department of Health, the facility will generate new revenues for the municipality, helping to stabilize our real-estate taxes.
Additionally, Sunrise Wellness NJ is committed to giving bidding priorities to local contractors for services (such as HVAC, plumbing, flooring, phone systems). If approved by the State, they will be hiring 15-20 full-time staff members and will work with the Borough to hire local, qualified employees. Sunrise’s full-time employees will qualify for full benefits and incentive plans. All this bodes well for local employment and small businesses.
There are more steps along the way and we have to await the State’s decision. New Jersey has opened up to eight new slots for new, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Central NJ. With our proximity to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Peter’s University Hospital, JFK Medical Center, the Cancer Center of New Jersey, and other major medical facilities, and easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Route 1, and Route 18, I am optimistic that Highland Park will be selected as one of those eight locations.