Submitted by njlegalizeme on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:28
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.
Many New Jersey cities and towns are not waiting for the state to legalize recreational cannabis before enacting ordinances to regulate it.
In December, Point Pleasant Beach voted to ban sales of both medicinal and recreational marijuana. The Point Pleasant Beach cannabis ordinance prohibits businesses from selling medicinal or recreational marijuana within a quarter-mile of schools, churches, residential areas and marine commercial and general commercial districts. Doing so effectively bans all sales within town limits.
Marijuana legalization has been one of the hottest issues in New Jersey since Phil Murphy took over in Trenton this year. At first he said he'd get it done in 100 days. Last week he walked that back, saying he wanted legalization by the end of the year.
Middleton Township, Wall Township, towns in Monmouth County and Ocean County like Berkeley and Toms River, Seaside Heights and several other towns across New Jersey have all voted or are planning to vote to ban cannabis businesses.