In Middlesex County, Old Bridge chose to opt out, but may consider a new zoning ordinance to allow sales later, since it’s such a large township.
“The message coming out of Trenton is not very clear,” said Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry. “Obviously, we’re concerned with close to schools, close to houses of worship, close to shopping centers. We don’t want to create, you know, hangouts.”
The much smaller village of Ridgewood in Bergen County is leaning toward a ban.
“Did Ridgewood overwhelmingly vote for legal marijuana?” Baker asked Mayor Susan Knudsen.
“There was a 2:1 ratio in favor of legalization,” Knudsen said. “We’ve heard from individuals who said, ‘Please don’t legalize this, we are a family community, we’re a residential community.'”
The proposed municipal retail tax rate is only 2 percent.