If passed, the ordinance would prohibit the sale, testing, and growth of all marijuana within township limits, including medical marijuana. The sale of marijuana related paraphernalia, like bongs, would also be banned within township limits.
The proposed ordinance does not ban the possession or usage of marijuana. Possession and usage are still illegal recreationally in New Jersey, and all forms of marijuana remain illegal federally.
Chester Township is not the first town to ban marijuana sales ahead of a probable recreational legalization in New Jersey. Chatham voted in April to ban recreational sales. Towns around the state, including Secaucus, Wyckoff, Bridgewater, Surf City, Middletown, Old Bridge, and Berkeley have either banned or are looking into banning pot sales in their towns.
A public hearing on the ordinance will take place in November, Councilman Mike Inganamort said. The next council meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m.