NJ Municipalities Look to Ban Recreational Marijuana as State Inches Closer to Legalization

February 25, 2019

Earlier this month it was widely reported that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President, Steve Sweeney reached a deal on the proposed taxing system for marijuana as well as the level of control, by the Governor, over the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Moreover recent polls continue to suggest that a majority of New Jersey residents favor legalized recreational use of marijuana. Yet, despite the foregoing, there is clearly disagreement among New Jersey’s Democratic Party at the state and local levels regarding legalized marijuana. The foregoing is clearly evident as confirmed by the fact that early this week, the Brick Township Council has placed on its agenda a proposed ordinance designed to “Prohibit Retail Sale, Cultivation, Manufacturing and Testing of Marijuana Products for Recreational Use within the Township of Brick.” Brick’s proposed ordinance is consistent with other Ocean County municipalities, including Freehold Township, which banned both recreational and medical marijuana use last year.

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