BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A topic that has come up on and off again for several months ago _ how changes in New Jersey's marijuana laws might play out locally _ is scheduled to come up again at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting.

The agenda for Aug. 27 includes a work session on marijuana legalization and zoning.

The Bernards Committee last held a public discussion on evolving marijuana laws in July, accepting public comments during the meeting.

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While the legalization of recreational marijuana use is on hold in New Jersey, the state already is making an effort to establish additional medical marijuana dispensaries throughout New Jersey.

At the meeting,  Mayor Carol Bianchi herself said that she considers an important aspect of the issue to be zoning. "I want to make sure we have the proper zoning in place," she said of the township's reaction to potential changes in state marijuana laws.

Township Committeeman John Carpenter said he wants to see both recreational and medical marijuana facilities prohibited in the township.

Although the governing body has hesitated to officially react before definite proposals are made by the state, Carpenter last month said, "I think we need to take action now."

Carpenter said that just because underage kids abuse alcohol and marijuana "doesn't mean we have to condone it." 

Some of the officials and members of the public who spoke at last month's meeting said they are in  favor of making medical marijuana available to those whom it would help, even as they as they indicated they less likely to support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The point was also raised about the fairness of the way existing marijuana laws are enforced in the state.