The Borough Council Monday night approved two ordinances that will permit retail sales of marijuana at a maximum of two locations limited to storefronts on state highways 22, 202 and 206.
Other neighboring towns, including Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Manville, have been less receptive to granting licenses to sell marijuana, voting against retail stores and farming, cultivation and warehouse operations.
The six members of the Borough Council - Tom Mitchell, Jane Kobuta, Granville Brady, Fred Wied, RanD Pitts and Roger Vroom - voted unanimously in favor of the companion ordinances.
The Somerville ordinances include several stipulations, requiring that the retail establishments cannot be located within 600 feet of one another. No individual or business entity is allowed to own both licenses. Retail staff and customers will be prohibited from lighting up a joint on the premises; also, consumption of any marijuana-based food product will not be allowed.