CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously introduced an amendment Thursday night at its regular meeting to include the prohibition of marijuana smoking and vaping in public.
The ordinance would amend the "Smoking Prohibited" section of the township's police regulations. The measure will be up for adoption at the Oct. 9 meeting.
The stated purpose of the amendment is to address the anticipation that New Jersey is moving toward the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
The amendment would specifically not include the use of medical marijuana, which would remain legal.
Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter explains the amendment to smoking prohibitions
Last April, the Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance that prohibits "marijuana cultivation, production testing, manufacturing facilities and retail stores' in the township.
Chatham Township Attorney Albert E. Cruz says the amendment clarifies what can't be smoked and where
Mayor Ritter added (see video below) that the committee will be discussing the possibility of introducing an ordinance that would ban "smoking establishments" in the township with the goal of limiting the sale of vaping materials.