Bills would afford Right To Farm protection to marijuana

TRENTON –Two bills have been introduced to establish marijuana as an agricultural activity protected under the Right To Farm Act

TRENTON –Two bills have been introduced to establish marijuana as an agricultural activity protected under the Right To Farm Act and to allow it on preserved farmland.

S1352/A2115, sponsored in the Senate by Nicholas Scutari, (D-22), Linden, and in the Assembly by Declan O’Scanlon, (R-12), Little Silver, and Reed Gusciora, (D-15), Trenton, the bills would seek to build on the passage last year of the state’s medical marijuana program, which has had trouble getting off the ground.

The bills specify that no county or municipality may prohibit or restrict the cultivation or production of marijuana for this purpose. 

County and local zoning and planning boards have been throwing up roadblocks to the medical marijuana program. And supporters of the program have complained for some time that its regulations are so restrictive they work against the program’s success.

As part of the bills’ provisions, there would have to be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week security presence where the marijuana is being grown.

Bills would afford Right To Farm protection to marijuana