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N.J. Marijuana Legalization Bill Allows Towns to Ban Sales

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Marijuana plants. (File Photo/Flickr)
Marijuana plants. (File Photo/Flickr)

As municipalities across the Shore area debate restricting or banning the sale of marijuana, should it become legal in New Jersey, the legalization bill introduced Friday includes the option for towns to enact ordinances outlawing sales.

Marijuana would be legal to possess statewide, according to S-830, sponsored by state Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari, but municipalities would be able to “prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, or marijuana retailers.”

Point Pleasant Beach has already approved an ordinance banning marijuana retail sales, with Lavallette and Seaside Heights expected to follow. Toms River Councilman George Wittmann said he would also support a ban on sales.

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The bill states that municipalities would have one year from the passage of the legalization law to enact an ordinance banning sales. If the year goes by without an ordinance passed, retail sales would legal for five years, after which the town would have another opportunity to pass a ban. The process would be repeated every five years.

The bill would also create a new state agency – the Division of Marijuana Enforcement – which would set forth licensing guidelines for cultivation, manufacturing and sales. The agency would also create a fee structure. Marijuana would be initially taxed at 10 percent, but the percentage would rise over time. During the third year of legalization, it would rise to 15 percent, then 20 percent in year four and ultimately 25 percent beyond year five.

Under the Scutari bill, anyone 21 years old or above would be legally permitted to purchase and possess one ounce or less of marijuana, 16 ounces or less of marijuana infused product in solid form, 72 ounces or less in liquid form, 7 grams or less of marijuana concentrate and up to 6 immature marijuana plants.

To become law, the bill would need to be approved by both houses of the state legislature and signed into law by the governor. Incoming Gov. Phil Murphy pledged during the recent gubernatorial campaign to sign a legalization bill within 100 days of taking office. Murphy is set to be sworn in Jan. 16.


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  • 205167117

    In all fairness I’m all for individual municipalities banning the commerce of it. That’s how this country works and if a community is able to voice their views in unity then I think it’s what’s most important these days.

    I’m surprised they’re including growth. They’re attention to the concentrates and how to allow them might be flawed unless they regulate the sources of the concentrates. Obviously it’s easy to weigh it in its original form but the other stuff is a tricky game.

  • 205167117

    There’s a certain aroma to Kmart. It could use the potpourri lol

    • KaayC

      Lol you guys are cray cray. : )

  • KaayC

    Thankyou, Christie Whitman. Her raiding of the pension funds have necessitated this new-low stoop to raise tax revenues at any cost. I hope she is happy with herself and her “farm”.

    • Global Warming is a Hoax

      Give it up already. Whitman has been gone for almost 20 years. Every rotten governor since her has done the same thing. The state public employee pension system is unfixable and unsustainable no matter who was, is and will be governor.

      • 205167117

        Kind of like how the stock market and economy would be acting the same regardless of who was President at the moment.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Mostly true but not completely. All politicians like to take credit for good economies but you notice that none ever take responsibility for bad economies.
        Presidents and governors can hurt the economy by raising taxes or other bad policies.
        Since the big bank induced stock crash of 2007-2009, Bush and the federal reserve started printing, borrowing and spending an extra 1 trillion in federal money to boost stocks and economy in his last year. Obama continued it for 8 years and Trump is following Obama and Bush leads.
        It is a big ponzi scheme that keeps getting bigger.

      • 205167117

        I’m with you and appreciate your grounded and level outlook.

      • KaayC

        She started it and set a new bar – a very low one. She specifically raided TPAF and “Farmgirl” does not get a pass because of the other buffoons in her wake.

      • KaayC

        So I take it you are anti-union. Twenty years is not such a long time. Whitman started the trend and should have been stopped in her white privileged bony assedtracks.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Anti union and pro taxpayer.
        So why didnt democrat governors Codey, McGreevey and Corzine fix it?

      • KaayC

        DemocRATS/ RepublicRATS mostly ALL RATS.

  • Global Warming is a Hoax

    There already is a pot dispensery in Brick. Its the corner store on Herbertsville rd where the Maple Leaf hoods and thugs hang out.

    • Albert Westpy

      Oh, my God !! Thank you so very much for the information. I’ll stay away from that area. I only wish that I were able to identify people that I don’t know as being a hood and/or a thug.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Stay in the Village with your people. Why do you live in Brick with us redneck knuckle dragging cretins anyway?

  • craigoftruth

    A gallop pole shows that 13% of all adults smoke marijuana on a regular basis and It also showed that 43% of adults say they have tried the drug. That means that today if you look down your street at least one of every 8 homes has pot in it now. This should have been legal a long time ago.

    • 205167117

      Was the gallop pole done by a stable genius?

      • craigoftruth

        I think it was done by a stoner.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        It’s poll , not pole.
        Even stable genius Trump knows that.
        I’m usually not one to correct peoples spelling or misuse of synonyms, because I know the deal. I just had to this time because you mocked Trumps Intelligence.

      • 205167117

        Hey Captain Obvious I was mocking him and the stable genius lol

      • craigoftruth

        My wife and I always do these spelling errors to see who really reads anything. It is our little game. You two are great !!

      • 205167117

        I was just trying to make an equestrian joke. I ran it by my butler and he thought it was a riot so I went with it.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        That went right over my head.
        Gallop, pole and stable are all horse racing references.
        Good one.

      • craigoftruth

        My wife and I always do these spelling errors to see who really reads anything. It is our little game. You two are great !! Like there their

  • Surfrider

    What the heck does “up to 6 immature marijuana plants” mean? That makes no sense. You can have seedling plants and that is it? What is the worth of that, what do you do with that, or what exactly are they allowing as far as a plant goes? And yes, every lousy governor and their democratic majority government that we have had forever has raided monies to go to other of their pet projects, and she and her cronies were not the first. Pension system is unsalvageable, until they do 3 things NOW, introduce a 401k, lower more reasonable health benefits, and cutbacks with high end administrators and reduce the amount of them by 1 in a county!……thats it….

    • 205167117

      It’s the legal defense against clones and large cycles. Bottom line is six in total. Without that wording people could make the argument that they could exceed the six as long as they weren’t mature.

      • Surfrider

        still do not understand, maybe so that people cannot grow more than 6 at a time to do what with? Say someone growing a bunch, then trying to sell, to stop people like that? Why would people grow immature plants to do what with? Guess i am pretty dumb on this one in understanding? I thought you cannot grow your own, a small limit like in other states?

      • 205167117

        So you can’t stack cycles. If you have six flowering they don’t want you with multiple cycles of immature plants to quickly replace the six you have flowering already.

        In terms of people selling it comes down to price. As that tax accelerates so will the rate of people growing themselves or calling a friend that’s growing.

        Unless you’re being dumb by mass producing and drawing attention to yourself then you’ll be fine. It’s the greedy people that flower 20+ plants at a time and start to sell to multiple dispensaries that get caught. The people that turn their homes into dispensaries. It’ll be interesting to see how law enforcement actually turn this into a way to generate revenue by targeting situations like these.

      • Surfrider

        thx, not up on all the terms and process, yeah i see what you are saying…there is so much I think that they are not accounting for…..a bunch of our dubious legislatures last year went out to Colorado to “learn” from their doings, I think if we give a grade on what knowledge they came back with, we would all agree to give them a failing mark! They have been failing in NJ for all of their pathetic terms. These guys are in for too long, need smarter more forward thinking people in government….current crew just worry about their pocketbooks…

      • 205167117

        I’m was of the understanding that they wouldn’t allow growing in homes like in DC so this is already looking better to me. Hopefully there’s enough states that have dealt with the hurdles that we’ll benefit from their progress.

      • craigoftruth

        When I lived in Switzerland in the early 90’s you could grow one plant and these people grew some monster plants. Not like Harlem Nights that is short and stocky, these things were like Christmas tree size.

  • Practical

    I hope Brick becomes one of the towns rejecting sale and possession. There’s enough crime in the town now – don’t need more potheads to add to the fray.

    • Albert Westpy

      Practical, I’m having new locks put on my doors Monday. I’ll also have a new home security system installed, still keeping the first one….better safe than sorry, I’m also going to order my food online and join the NRA. I feel there is no reason to leave the house if not necessary except for church on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
      Church gives me so much joy, strength, and hope. This country is really going down hill. We need to Make America Great Again !! We need Christian values restored in Washington and throughout the country.
      We don’t need potheads, abortion, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matters ( they don’t you know ), Women’s rights ( they should stay home and have babies ), and all of that left wing Marxist stuff. That wall better go up very soon because there are to many of those little jalapeno’s here as it is….send them all back ), and don’t get me started on those A-rabb terrorist don’t let any of them in. Those Marxis just want to start trouble. They go so low that they even are accusing our president of being a racist. That’s so far from the truth…they (Marxist) even elected one of those people as president and he wasn’t even a Christian or born in the USA.
      Just to let you know I pray every night, and make novenas, that there will, one day, be understanding, peace, and love in the world

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Not funny at all. Stick to the Village Voice .

      • Albert Westpy

        Not intended to be humorous. But I find it humorous that you even heard of the Voice. Well, live and learn !!

  • KaayC

    Lol

  • Surfrider

    If they see any monies coming their way, they will be “happy”……..