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Many municipalities throughout New Jersey have adopted cannabis business prohibition ordinances until the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission finalizes its rules.
Chatham Township has fine-tuned its business prohibition ordinance with a supplement for "police powers."
Chatham Township's ordinance, as written, would prohibit all weed establishments, distributors or delivery services from basing themselves in the township (see pages 1-3 of the documents for Thursday's meeting). New Jersey's cities and towns, however, cannot prohibit legal adult use.
In 2018, Chatham Township Committee unanimously passed an ordinance banning marijuana cultivation, production or manufacturing. Although recreational weed was still illegal in New Jersey, several towns preemptively imposed bans to prepare for the possibility of future legalization.
Submitted by njlegalizeme on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:29
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.