New Jersey has never been closer to legal weed, after lawmakers late last month took the first step toward legalization by advancing the bill to the full Legislature.
But even with that progress on the state level, dozens of towns have never been farther from having legal weed. As has been happening all year, towns continue to take steps to ban legal weed businesses from operating within their borders.
The number of towns with some sort of ban or opposition of marijuana is now at least 50, nearly 10 percent of all the towns in the state.
While legal weed is not yet a done deal in New Jersey, as the full Legislature must still approve the bill and the governor must sign it, many more towns in the state have taken an opposing stance than a supportive one.
If legalization does happen, these towns would not be able to prevent residents who are at least 21 year old from possessing small amounts of weed and using it in a private residence. But they can prevent marijuana businesses from growing and selling in their limits. See below for the towns that taken that step.