Recreational Marijuana Will be Available for Sale in New Jersey in the Coming Weeks, But Not in Lakewood

As first reported on TLS Status, recreational marijuana will be available in New Jersey in the coming weeks.

Today, the Marijuana Commission gave the final approval to the first seven dispensaries.

“The CRC takes a step forward with its approval of these initial ATCs for retail sales. From the beginning, the goal has been to stand up the industry correctly and we hope to see sustained momentum in getting the adult-use market off the ground for the benefit of New Jersey consumers and businesses, and our state’s economic development,” Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) said.

But those looking to purchase marijuana, won’t find it for sale in Lakewood.

Last year, the Lakewood Township Committee unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of marijuana in Lakewood.

The move came following the passage of a referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, and subsequent legislation to regulate the selling and taxing of cannabis in the state.

Numerous school officials and parents have expressed their disapproval and concerns over the legalization of marijuana and its ramifications, especially in a town like Lakewood, whose population consists of a high percentage of children.

Last July, a meeting was held in Lakewood with Rabbonim who gathered to discuss the challenges of legalizing marijuana.

Activists note that, despite the positive coverage marijuana mostly gets in the media, there are some very serious negative effects it can have on children and teens. Some of those adverse effects include: School difficulties; Problems with memory and concentration; Increased aggression; Car accidents; Risky behaviors; Worsening of underlying mental health conditions including mood changes and suicidal thinking; Increased risk of psychosis; and Interference with prescribed medication

“We know that the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey poses a serious threat to our children’s well-being,” the principal of a Lakewood school told TLS. “While this ordinance is perhaps only a dent in the fight to keep our children safe and well-adjusted, it nevertheless is a worthy one – one that will hopefully have a positive effect on our children.”

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  1. in the past few years most shuls have developed fascinating programs to motivate more learning and more fun during the days off and camps are only getting more and better so what could possibly be the draw to the empty garbage can of low lives with long weeds

  2. So if someone wants to get stoned he can buy marijuana elsewhere and still smoke it in Lakewood? It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere. People who walk around stoned should be arrested.

    • Do you know everyone’s situation? I have severe stomach issues and I can’t eat or function without it. So I smoke it.
      I’m totally frum,I have no issue holding down a job or supporting my family financially and emotionally. Should I be arrested? Am I a low life? Why does the frum community jump to judge others in the community as a default?

  3. This will do nothing to keep Marijuana out of Lakewood. It’s everywhere. Since everyone knows no one is going to jail for possession of a small amount and everyone knows selling small amounts won’t result in anything serious, it’s not like you have to go deep underground to find it.

  4. You would think they want to promote safety on the roads but instead whoever thought it was a smart idea to legalize drugs encouraging people to get high and cause more accidents.
    Very sad how NJ is going down

  5. I believe that if the people want to smoke then they should be able to,just that it is being smoked in the privacy of there home. It’s a choose,an if it’s being distributed to children,that is something we all should be aware of. That’s should be our worry. There should be an age limit just like tobacco.

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