PATERSON — Mayor Andre Sayegh vetoed the City Council’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses, saying he doesn’t need Paterson to fall behind different cities within the race to money in on legalized hashish.
“We run the numerous threat of being final to the market with an lack of ability to meaningfully benefit from the authorized, social, and financial alternatives authorized hashish supplies,” Sayegh stated in his veto message issued late Friday afternoon.
Sayegh’s veto drew harsh criticism from council members who stated he left the town with out the authority to control the marijuana companies nor the ability to gather native taxes from the institutions.
“He put the town in jeopardy,” stated Councilman Luis Velez. “Now the state can do no matter it desires.”
The council final Tuesday had voted 6-1 in favor of the ban, as members stated Paterson wanted extra time to craft adequate rules to verify the hashish companies wouldn’t diminish the standard of life within the metropolis.
“If you ignore the group and the wants of the folks it speaks volumes,” stated Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms, when requested concerning the mayor’s veto. “Paterson deserves higher.”
Authorized weed in Paterson:City Council votes no on recreational cannabis businesses
Sayegh acknowledged that because of his veto, Paterson lacks the authority to control or tax hashish companies. However he stated the council might nonetheless enact ordinances imposing rules and taxes on marijuana companies
“The ball’s of their courtroom,” the mayor stated of the council.
Joe Malinconico is editor of Paterson Press. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org