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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.
The Westwood council recently banned the sales of both recreational and medicinal marijuana. Dawson said the results of this election could switch the results, which she believes would be negligent to the town.
"I don't see it as a partisan issue, it's just a quality of life issue," Dawson said. "The majority of towns that have banned it have been of Democrat majority."
New Jersey towns continue to weigh in and pass ordinances concerning marijuana-related businesses operating within their borders.
Lumberton passed an ordinance that will “establish cultivation, manufacturing and distribution activities as a conditional use in the Township’s three industrial zoning districts” but will not allow dispensaries – medical or adult-use to be opened in the township.
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Elmwood Park and Saddle Brook are the latest towns to ban the sale of recreational marijuana, as the state moves toward a vote to legalize the drug, likely by the end of this year.
An ordinance passed by the Elmwood Park Council prohibits businesses selling recreational marijuana and paraphernalia within one quarter mile of a school, place of worship, recreational fields, playgrounds, or in the business, residential or development zones, meaning there is nowhere in town it can lawfully be sold.