Monthly Archives for April 2021
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: April 30, 2021
The Morris County Regional Vaccination Megasite is now accepting walk-ins for individuals ages 16 and older. Walk-ins are only accepted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments continue to be preferred and can be scheduled here. View further information about New Jersey’s other vaccination megasite locations, eligibility, and appointment scheduling.
New Cannabis Laws
Posted: April 29, 2021
The Randolph Township Cannabis Subcommittee held its first of two public forums regarding the new cannabis laws on April 28, 2021. View the Cannabis PowerPoint Presentation given at the meeting. Meeting minutes are currently being prepared and will be available through a link to be added here shortly.
Randolph Township Community Input - Cannabis Survey
The Randolph Township Cannabis Working Group is reviewing the options for the township to allow any of various business opportunities associated with the cannabis legalization in New Jersey. They have created a survey to gather information from Randolph Township residents. This survey may be found online or in a hard copy version at the municipal building and library, with drop boxes available for completed forms. It will take only 3 minutes to complete; your time and input is appreciated.
Governor Murphy has signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older.
- Cannabis Legalization (P.L.2021, c.16) (Feb. 22, 2021)
Titled as the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement, Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act, this law legalizes regulatory cannabis. (A21)
- Marijuana Decriminalization (P.L.2021, c.19) (Feb. 22, 2021)
This law decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana and hashish and establishes new, more lenient penalties for the distribution of these substances. (A1897)
- Other Clarifying Provisions (P.L.2021, c.25) (Feb. 22, 2021)
This law clarifies certain provisions regarding marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for individuals younger than 21 years old. (S3454)
- Additional Clarifying Provisions (P.L. 2021, c.38) (Mar. 26, 2021)
This law revises certain provisions concerning parental notification of juveniles found to be using or possessing alcohol, marijuana, hashish or cannabis, as well as amending certain other provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15. (A5472)
To assist residents in gaining a better understanding of the new laws, view this Cannabis Legalization Fact Sheet .
- Existing Ordinances: Any existing municipal ordinances regulating or prohibiting cannabis are null and void. They must be readopted to be effective.
- Opt-In or Opt-Out Timeline: Municipalities have 180 days (until August 21, 2021) to take action to either prohibit or limit the number of cannabis establishments, distributors, or delivery services; the location, manner, and times of operation, and establishing civil penalties for violation of ordinances.
- No Action Result: If municipalities do not take action within 180 days, any class of cannabis establishment or distributor will be permitted to operate in the municipality, and depending on the type of establishment, be considered a permitted use in certain zones.
- 5-Year Periods: Once a municipality permits cannabis establishment or distributor operations in their community, that action remains valid for 5 years. After this 5-year period, a municipality has another 180-day window to prohibit or limit cannabis operations, but this action only applies prospectively. Those who initially opt-out can opt-in at any time.
- Local Cannabis Tax: Municipalities can enact by ordinance a local cannabis tax that cannot exceed 2% for cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, and/or retailer; and 1% for wholesalers. The tax percentage is based on the receipts for each sale and is paid directly to the municipality in the manner prescribed by the municipality. Any delinquencies are treated the same as delinquent property taxes. The tax cannot apply to delivery services to consumers or transfers for the purpose of bulk transportation.
- Delivery Rights: A municipality cannot prohibit the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service within their jurisdiction.
The township council has formed a subcommittee to study and collect additional information and community input on the new law. The subcommittee will be making a recommendation to the full township council prior to the expiration of the 180 day deadline for local action on the question of whether Randolph should opt in or out of allowing cannabis businesses to operate within the municipal boundaries. The subcommittee consists of the following members:
Chris Carey—Township Council
Joanne Veech—Township Council
Lance Tkacs—Township Council
Steve Mountain—Township Manager
David Ehehalt—Economic Development Committee
John Insinga—Board of Health
Kevin Keller—Chamber of Commerce
Art Lee—Planning Board
Liz Ritter—Municipal Alliance Committee
The subcommittee is meeting weekly to become more educated on the state laws and the decisions Randolph must address locally under the laws. In addition, the subcommittee will be hosting two community forums and administering a community survey to collect community input on the new laws in the upcoming months.
Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program Phase 4
Posted: April 16, 2021
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the launch of Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, adding $85 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Phase 4 of the program will provide short-term immediate payroll and working capital support to small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits that have been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested business owners will need to pre-register to access the application. Pre-registration will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. and close on April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Businesses that do not pre-register will not be eligible for phase 4 grants. Grant awards will be calculated based on the number of full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) businesses employ.
More information about the grant program
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Posted: April 15, 2021
The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.
Morris County residents will be able to drop-off unwanted hazardous materials from their households. Businesses are not allowed to participate.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must wear face coverings, keep their vehicle windows closed, and stay in their vehicles for the duration of the event while on the premises. The MCMUA is requesting that all materials be stored in the trunk, cargo area or bed of the vehicle.
As of 2018, electronic devices (e-waste) will no longer be accepted at MCMUA one-day household hazardous waste events. The authority advises residents to call 973.829.8006 for information and to discuss recycling options.
Acceptable materials include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, rechargeable and button cell batteries, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, aerosol cans (not empty), propane cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, and muriatic acid. View event flyer .
Latex paint will not be accepted, nor will explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds. For information about safe disposal of explosive or reactive material, call 973.829.8006.
There is a $5.00 fee for each barbeque-sized propane cylinder. Payment must be made by check only.
For more information, call 973.829.8006 or visit the MCMUA website.
Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: April 7, 2021
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has released updated guidance concerning travel restrictions, quarantine time frames, and fully vaccinated persons. The information includes Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for domestic and international travel.
Individuals no longer need to quarantine or get tested before/after domestic travel if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months:
- It has been more than two weeks since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
- It has been more than two weeks since your received your first and only dose of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine; or,
- You have clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months.
The CDC continues to recommend that travel is deferred until an individual is fully vaccinated; the state continues to discourage all non-essential travel.
Additionally, the CDC has provided health and safety information for fully vaccinated individuals in non-healthcare settings such as indoor visits with vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, travel, close contact quarantine, and gatherings. Learn more