BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The Borough Council last week passed by a 5-2 vote an ordinance that outlaws marijuana facilities and dispensaries in town.
The council determined that proposed alternative treatment centers are not compatible with borough land development ordinances.
Land uses that are prohibited in all the borough's zone districts now include businesses "selling, distributing, cultivating and/or growing either recreational and/or medicinal marijuana."
The provisions don't apply to licensed physicians writing prescriptions for medical marijuana, pharmacists filling prescriptions for marijuana and accredited hospitals and teaching facilities engaged in research or the study of cannabis, or to patients participating in these kinds of clinical trials.
Thomas O'Dea and Christine Zamarra were the two council members who voted against the ordinance. Mayor Mary Jane Canose and council members Jeffrey Hammond, John Donahue, Chris Schmidt and Diane Greenfield all voted for passage of the ordinance.