East Brunswick's Town Council has just passed an ordinance allowing for the possibility of two medical marijuana locations in the township. This is not a radical move of any type, as medical cannabis has been allowed in New Jersey since 2010.
According to Council Members Sharon Sullivan and Michael Spadafino, the decision to allow the dispensaries was made in response to the state's requirement that all municipalities have some sort of plan to address recreational marijuana legalization, which was overwhelmingly supported by New Jersey residents in 2020. "East Brunswick, as can all other towns in the state, can add a new ordinance involving recreational marijuana after the state of New Jersey provides additional information and guidelines regarding legalization," says Sullivan.
The decisions made recently in New Jersey would impact each community for five years. Municipalities expect more information in the fall, and some towns may change their decisions once they have more specifics from the state.