As of August 2019, there were more than 60 local ordinances banning either all marijuana sales and growth, or just recreational forms of the drug.
For many, the issue has been a polarizing one.
In Somerset County, a proposed ordinance in North Plainfield to ban recreational and medical marijuana retail stores and facilities was tabled at a Dec. 2018 meeting, according to the clerk's office.
In Union County, the Linden city council tabled an ordinance to ban recreational sale of marijuana, after continued disagreement among council members in late 2018, according to the clerk's office.
In Bergen County, Ringwood's borough council proposed a ban on recreational sale of marijuana, but an ordinance was voted on twice, with an even split of those in favor and against without final action, according to the borough clerk.
There are also a couple of resolutions discouraging legalization and one municipal referendum, which showed a narrow divide among residents regarding legal weed.