Trenton Council Backs Cannabis Retail License for Local Entrepreneur

The Trenton City Council has signaled its support for a local businesswoman’s bid to open a cannabis retail establishment, The Vault, in the city. The endorsement came during a recent council meeting where a variety of community issues were discussed, ranging from public safety to neighborhood cleanup initiatives.

The support extended to Kayla Massenot, a Trenton resident, for her cannabis retail license application was a focal point of the meeting. The presentation of the application was comprehensive, covering business operations, community programs, and security plans. Massenot, leveraging her healthcare background, outlined her vision to establish a compassionate and inclusive space for customers while adhering to the regulations of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC).

Massenot’s business plan, including startup costs, operational strategies, and partnerships with local organizations, was scrutinized by the council. Questions were raised about financing, security measures, staff recruitment, and market research. The council delved into the specifics of the proposed tax revenue, innovative sales approach using a mobile app, and the security plan’s review by the Trenton Police Department.

In the public comments segment, residents voiced their concerns on safety and property issues. Deborah Cole advocated for the vacation of Hanam Aly, citing safety and maintenance neglect. Echoing Cole, Ed El Edo Gonzalez highlighted the alley’s detrimental effects on his property. Charles expressed his frustration over the delayed demolition at Pennington Avenue properties, and Hada Muhammad spoke notablely about property tax challenges related to her late husband’s status as a disabled veteran.

The council’s response to Muhammad’s situation captured their engagement with community members’ hardships. While Councilwoman Edwards expressed sympathy and offered assistance, Councilwoman Frisby reminded the council of their limitations in providing direct advice. Councilman Harrison, meanwhile, highlighted community events aimed at fostering engagement, such as the spring giveaway and the Citizens Police Academy.

Other matters addressed included a neighborhood cleanup on North Clinton Avenue, a call for patience from residents as the council works through community issues, and various legislative actions. The council corrected a funding allocation error from the ARP and awarded a contract, settled a worker’s compensation claim, and introduced new ordinances. An ordinance involving Baker alley was clarified to affect only a minimal portion of land.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Reed Gusciora
City Council Officials:
Joseph Harrison, Jasi Mikae Edwards, Crystal Feliciano, Jenna Figueroa Kettenburg, Teska Frisby, Yazminelly Gonzalez, Jennifer Williams

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