Twenty-two municipalities that had previously opted out of hosting any form of adult-use cannabis business now allow dispensaries, the news outlet reported, while three other towns that had initially allowed other types of businesses—but not retailers—have since passed ordinances to allow adult-use cannabis retail.
In addition, 10 municipalities that previously banned all types of adult-use cannabis operations have since decided to host other forms of cannabis businesses, but not dispensaries, app.com reported.
New Jersey voters approved an adult-use legalization measure in the November 2020 election, and Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation in February 2021 to implement an adult-use cannabis market in the state.
Included in that law was a six-month deadline for New Jersey’s municipalities to opt out of hosting adult-use businesses or pass ordinances regulating the industry within their borders, but the towns were not bound to their initial decision, app.com reported.