NJ marijuana legislation: Bridgewater bans recreational pot sales, allows medical dispensaries

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NJ RAMP representatives, Linden Councilman Peter Brown and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, met with APP staffers Mike Davis and Randy Bergmann
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BRIDGEWATER – Before the state Legislature decides whether to legalize recreational marijuana, the township council has introduced by unanimous vote an ordinance to prohibit stores in the township from selling pot.

The council will have a public hearing on the ordinance on Sept. 6.

Council President Christine Rose said she was glad to see the ordinance did not outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries in the township.

Rose said that based on others’ positive experiences with medical marijuana, she has become a “strong advocate” of the practice.

READ: NJ medical marijuana: A beginner’s guide

READ: Manville bans weed sales

In New Jersey, there are only six medical marijuana dispensaries, or what the state calls alternative care centers, and only two in Central Jersey — Woodbridge and Cranbury. The other dispensaries are in Egg Harbor Township, Montclair, Secaucus and Bellmawr.

Councilman Matt Moench, who earlier this year proposed the marijuana sale ban, said it was important that Bridgewater “acts before the state does.”

The Legislature is expected to act on legalization bills in September with the laws taking effect at the beginning of 2019.

The “worst-case scenario,” Moench said, would be if any state law overrides the local ordinance.

Township resident Robert Young, a certified medical cannabis consultant, told the council he was glad to see that the ordinance allows dispensaries in the township.

“What is the big problem with marijuana?” he asked the council. “There is nothing wrong with marijuana.”

Young, however, said he was

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