The long-awaited legalization of cannabis in New Jersey is finally coming.
As the Garden State launches 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.
NJ Municipality Opt In Cannabis Legality Map
Below you will find a list with all the municipalities that have opted in the New Jersey cannabis program:
Atlantic County municipalities opting in
- Egg Harbor Township
Bergen County municipalities opting in
- Cliffside Park
- Elmwood Park
- Fair Lawn
- Fort Lee
- North Arlington
- Saddle Brook
Burlington County municipalities opting in
- Bass River
- Bordentown City
- Burlington City
- Mount Holly
Camden County municipalities opting in
Cape May County municipalities opting in
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Cumberland County municipalities opting in
Essex County municipalities opting in
- West Orange
Gloucester County municipalities opting in
Hudson County municipalities opting in
- East Newark
- Jersey City
Hunterdon County municipalities opting in
Mercer County municipalities opting in
Middlesex County municipalities opting in
- Highland Park
- New Brunswick
- North Brunswick
- South River
Monmouth County municipalities opting in
- Freehold Borough
- Neptune City
- Neptune Township
- Ocean Township
- Red Bank
Morris County municipalities opting in
- Rockaway Borough
- Rockaway Township
Passaic County municipalities opting in
- West Milford
Salem County municipalities opting in
- Lower Alloways Creek
Somerset County municipalities opting in
- North Plainfield
- South Bound Brook
Sussex County municipalities opting in
- Andover Township
Union County municipalities opting in
Warren County municipalities opting in
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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