There were 216 Chatham Borough residents who answered the Planet Civic survey questions about marijuana legislation, although some did not answer all the questions. In addition, there were 22 comments.
Vincent DeNave, a Chatham zoning board official, offered that a marijuana shop would be considered a retail store, similar to a pharmacy.
"If someone came in today it would be considered permitted use," DeNave said.
Last February, a group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting to ask the council members to support the opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in town.
Anticipating that New Jersey soon will allow anyone 21 and older to buy and use marijuana, a number of North Jersey towns are responding with a message of their own: Count us out.
Gov. Phil Murphy championed legal marijuana as a candidate last year. As governor, he has expanded access to medical marijuana, but bills to allow non-medical use have stalled in the Legislature.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who also supports legalization, said last week that he expects a vote in September.