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Law enforcement officials aren't pleased with certain aspects of New Jersey's new cannabis laws. That's particularly true for Wyckoff Police as it pertains to how they deal with minors now that weed is legal.
Police Chief David Murphy penned a letter to township parents this week detailing the new mandates as he sees them. Most notably, Murphy balked at the idea that his officers can't make a call to parents if a minor is caught with weed for the first time.
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.
Township leaders would support another ban on the sale and distribution of marijuana in town should the need for such a vote occur again.
The state Legislature canceled a vote on statewide marijuana legalization on Monday.
The Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana in town.
Township Committeeman Rudy Boonstra "wholeheartedly" supported the decision.
"I would support another similar action should it become necessary," Boonstra said.
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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.
(Wyckoff) Township Committeemen Tom Madigan and Tim Shanley took steps this week to address the pending liberalization of New Jersey’s policy on marijuana.
With Trenton politicians likely to legalize marijuana in the next six months, Madigan and Shanley introduced an ordinance to ban the sale of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in Wyckoff.