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Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale.
And while, many towns are opting to ban it, some are now opening the door to the industry based on the promise of job creation and tax benefits.
Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale. Under the N.J. Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act towns have until Aug. 21 - 180 days from the adoption of the state law - to create any local enforcement structure. Towns that do not act by then will be governed by the state's law.
Here's how communities are responding in South Jersey:
One challenge is the growing number of municipalities across the state that have enacted bans on the budding industry. According to NJ.com, dozens of cities and towns have preemptively blocked the sale of recreational cannabis within their borders. South Jersey municipalities that have passed bans include Bridgeton in Cumberland County, Lumberton in Burlington County, Manning Township and Upper Pittsgrove in Salem County, and Pleasantville and Somers Point in Atlantic County.
As of August 2019, there were more than 60 local ordinances banning either all marijuana sales and growth, or just recreational forms of the drug.
For many, the issue has been a polarizing one.
In Somerset County, a proposed ordinance in North Plainfield to ban recreational and medical marijuana retail stores and facilities was tabled at a Dec. 2018 meeting, according to the clerk's office.
Three towns apparently couldn't wait for New Jersey to legalize marijuana. So they just took a vote themselves this past Tuesday – and the results may be a little surprising.
Nearly fifty-four percent of Union Township residents voted to support marijuana sales in their community, even though New Jersey has not yet made pot legal.
In Vineland, support for some form of marijuana legislation was even stronger: 60.42 percent voted yes while 39.58 voted no.
Here are the questions and how voters responded, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election:
Residents of a section of one Gloucester County town showed up and spoke up at a community meeting that centered on a proposal to put a medical marijuana facility in their neighborhood.
The State of New Jersey could approve a license for a dispensary in the Bridgeport section of Logan Township, just off the road from the township Dr. Andrew Medvedovsky is one of those applying for this permit.
Submitted by njlegalizeme on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:28
Bridgeton is one of the few New Jersey municipalities to place a ballot question regarding Marijuana sales to the voters for this November election.
Residents in Bridgeton will get a chance in November to have their say on whether marijuana should be sold in their city and if so, where — despite the lack of concrete action from New Jersey state legislators.
And opinions from some of the people who live in Bridgeton range widely in a city that would welcome newly created jobs but fear the possible social cost of allowing something that could be used as an intoxicant.
Residents will have their say on whether marijuana businesses should operate in Bridgeton if the state legalizes sales of the drug.
City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to put a public question on the November general election ballot polling voters on their desire to see marijuana retail facilities in Bridgeton.