Cranbury on Monday sought to stay a step ahead of possible changes to state drug law by banning the retail sales of recreational marijuana in town.
By a 4-0 vote, the governing body prohibited something that is already against the law in New Jersey, but perhaps not for much longer. There is a push to legalize the drug, with Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, among the supporters. Advocates of legalization have pointed to the potential tax windfall it would bring the state and remedy what critics say is a flaw in the criminal justice system that sees more blacks than whites arrested for marijuana offenses despite similar rates of use.
One question mark, though, is whether towns will have the ability to opt out of having retail shops in their communities.
“So by our putting in this ordinance, my belief is that it gives us, at least, some defensibility when the state goes and does this if we don’t like how they implement it,” Township Committeeman Daniel P. Mulligan III said in citing the strategic importance for having the measure