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."
More towns vote no: Another week and more New Jersey towns are making decisions on whether they approve or disapprove of the possibility of marijuana businesses in their community.
Municipalities that voted to either say no or are preparing to say no to cannabis include:
Florham Park unanimously approved a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana by the state as well as an ordinance “prohibiting marijuana within all zones” in the township.
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The borough is the latest to ban medicinal and recreational marijuana within its borders, after getting an increased amount of interest from potential businesses.
"We've been getting requests from business seeing if the town would be objecting to it and were interested in setting up shop here," Palisades Park Mayor James Rotundo said. "We wanted to look into it, and then the calls to set up shop here started to increase."