At their Monday night meeting, the Middletown Township Committee unanimously voted to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses from opening within Middletown limits.
Holmdel and Aberdeen are in the process of passing similar bans, and even Asbury Park (run by a Democratic mayor and all-Democrat Council) passed a ban on pot shops, saying they haven't been able to come up with "thoughtful marijuana zoning regulations."
Middletown's ban includes marijuana-grow businesses and marijuana-delivery businesses. Any business related to recreational marijuana cannot open in Middletown, even though marijuana is now considered legal in the state of New Jersey. Middletown's ban does not relate at all to medical marijuana.
Many members of the public commented at Monday night's meeting.