What Municipalities Have Opted in for the New Jersey Cannabis Program

Opted Out Municipalities for New Jersey Cannabis Program

The long-awaited legalization of cannabis in New Jersey is finally coming. As they prepare to launch the application process for new company licenses, regulators recently agreed on rules and regulations for the industry. However, recreational marijuana is allowed in just approximately 30% of the state’s communities.

Below you will find a list with all the municipalities that have opted in the New Jersey cannabis program:

Atlantic County municipalities opting in

  • Absecon
  • Egg Harbor Township
  • Galloway
  • Pleasantville

Bergen County municipalities opting in

  • Cliffside Park
  • Elmwood Park
  • Fair Lawn
  • Fort Lee
  • Garfield
  • Hackensack
  • Lodi
  • Maywood
  • Moonachie
  • North Arlington
  • Rutherford
  • Saddle Brook
  • Teaneck
  • Wood-Ridge

Burlington County municipalities opting in

  • Bass River
  • Bordentown City
  • Burlington City
  • Cinnaminson
  • Delran
  • Eastampton
  • Evesham
  • Lumberton
  • Mount Holly
  • Riverside
  • Shamong

Camden County municipalities opting in

  • Barrington
  • Collingswood
  • Gibbsboro
  • Oaklyn
  • Pennsauken
  • Somerdale
  • Voorhees
  • Waterford

Cape May County municipalities opting in

  • Woodbine

Cumberland County municipalities opting in

  • Bridgeton
  • Millville
  • Vineland

Essex County municipalities opting in

  • Belleville
  • Bloomfield
  • Irvington
  • West Orange

Gloucester County municipalities opting in

  • Elk
  • Franklin
  • Greenwich
  • Woodbury
  • Woolwich

Hudson County municipalities opting in

  • Bayonne
  • East Newark
  • Jersey City

Hunterdon County municipalities opting in

  • Flemington
  • Lambertville

Mercer County municipalities opting in

  • Ewing
  • Hamilton
  • Lawrence

Middlesex County municipalities opting in

  • Highland Park
  • New Brunswick
  • North Brunswick
  • South River
  • Woodbridge

Monmouth County municipalities opting in

  • Aberdeen
  • Eatontown
  • Freehold Borough
  • Matawan
  • Neptune City
  • Neptune Township
  • Ocean Township
  • Red Bank

Morris County municipalities opting in

  • Boonton
  • Butler
  • Rockaway Borough
  • Rockaway Township

Passaic County municipalities opting in

  • Haledon
  • Passaic
  • West Milford

Salem County municipalities opting in

  • Lower Alloways Creek

Somerset County municipalities opting in

  • Franklin
  • North Plainfield
  • Somerville
  • South Bound Brook

Sussex County municipalities opting in

  • Andover Township

Union County municipalities opting in

  • Elizabeth
  • Plainfield
  • Rahway
  • Union

Warren County municipalities opting in

  • Frelinghuysen
  • Hackettstown

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Why are New Jersey Municipalities Banning Cannabis Shops?

The vast majority of New Jersey voters approved a referendum last year to legalize marijuana. So why have more than 70 percent of municipalities in the state opted to ban cannabis businesses from operating in their area?

Some prohibitionists believe it is because of NIMBY-ism, but that answer seems far from the truth, as voters haven’t had a direct say in the local decisions so far, as local officials are the ones making the choices through city councils.

Also, some elected officials in several areas who do support cannabis commercialization chose to enact a ban ahead of an August 22 deadline simply to give themselves more time to develop individualized regulations before greenlighting marijuana companies.

The Camden City Council voted against allowing adult-use marijuana businesses, for example, but it’s not because legislators oppose having the industry in its jurisdiction.

“It’s more like a pause on having the industry in the city, particularly to give us control over the industry in Camden, It gives us a chance to have a road map and put in best recommendations for policies and procedures.” Nichelle Pace, chair of the Candem Business Association

Here’s an interactive map showing the current stance of municipalities towards New Jersey’s cannabis program, according to the New Jersey Herald:

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Licensed to practice since 2008, Thomas Howard has represented numerous financial institutions in litigation to enforce their security interests.
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