BRICK TOWNSHIP -

Brick Township officials are thinking of a preemptive ban on the sale of recreational marijuana, ought to the Murphy administration sign legislation creating it legal.

People today on each sides of the problem attended a Brick Township Council Meeting Tuesday evening.

Enabling the sale of marijuana could be an uphill battle in the township right after tiny help was offered for a healthcare marijuana dispensary that was planned to open at the web-site of a former 1st Ocean Bank.

Brick resident Marcel Diaz says that he is against recreational marijuana.

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“What I do not comprehend is the lies perpetuated that cannabis is curing cancer. Lies that cannabis not becoming habit-forming or addictive,” he says.

But supporters say that the substance had lots of wellness rewards and will also offer a income stream for the state and municipalities that permit the sale.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that lawmakers have been one particular step closer to legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

The deal calls for a $42 per ounce tax and entitles towns to gather tax income, as properly. Municipalities with cannabis retailers could gather three % tax, these with cultivators will gather two % and these with wholesalers would get 1 %.

Murphy is also calling for the expungement of criminal records for these who have been convicted of low-level marijuana crimes.

A vote on the bill in the state Assembly is anticipated as early as March 25.