Should New Jersey legislators pass a recreational marijuana bill under Gov. Phil Murphy's legalization plan, new businesses in the cannabis industry will not be able to open shop in Brick.
Shortly after the governor and legislators announced a deal to legalize recreational marijuana use, the Brick Township Council voted unanimously to prohibit sales, manufacturing, cultivation and testing of recreational cannabis throughout the municipality.
Council President Andrea Zapcic said state bill S2703, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act, does little to benefit Brick.
"The state's going to do pretty good (in terms of recreational marijuana taxes)," she told an audience that filled the municipal chambers on Tuesday night, where the six-member council voted on the ordinance. "But there is nothing in that bill that earmarks that money to come back to our schools, or to come back to law enforcement, or to come back to anything we need."