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More than half of the towns and cities in New Jersey are opting out of opening legal cannabis businesses. The list includes Union City, North Caldwell, Middletown and Livingston.
"We have segments in our population that are honestly fearful about having retail in town," Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein said.
According to Klein, the state has not created regulations yet when it comes to legal marijuana and cannabis and his township is concerned.
The Board of Commissioners and the Planning Board have prohibited recreational cannabis establishments.
Mayor Brian Stack, who is also a State Senator for the 33rd Legislative District, which included Union City, defended the decision when the ordinances were introduced in April, despite voting in favor of the legislation legalizing recreational cannabis in New Jersey in the state senate.
The North Hudson senator voted “yes” to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, which legalized adult-use recreational marijuana and set up a framework for recreational marijuana sales.
But in Union City, where he is mayor, Stack voted last month in favor of introducing an ordinance that would ban recreational cannabis sales within city limits.
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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.