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On June 9, council members in Pompton Lakes confirmed their town's place on the list.
Michael Serra, the town’s mayor, said it was clear residents supported the idea of being able to legally smoke marijuana.
More than 65% of voters in Bergen and Passaic counties in the 2020 General Election approved an amendment to the state constitution legalizing recreational cannabis and establishing a state-regulated market in New Jersey. Pompton Lakes voters were on trend.
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 possibility that New Jersey could be the 11th state to legalize marijuana has prompted some Garden State municipalities to take action — either to encourage or discourage legalization.
Several New Jersey towns have already taken hard stances against the sale or openings of any marijuana dispensaries.
Some North Jersey communities, however, have kept an open mind and have said they are welcome to at least the idea of medical marijuana.
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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."
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.