Maple Shade doesn't want recreational marijuana businesses in town.

Moorestown is leaning toward permitting all types.

And Cinnaminson would allow them, but retailing would have to be connected to cultivating or manufacturing cannabis.

They are the latest communities in South Jersey wrestling with the decision of whether or not to permit marijuana operations to open for business within their borders.

Review the community-by-community list below.

Municipalities across New Jersey are under pressure to make a decision before August 21, when the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission will disclose its regulations. If a municipality makes no decision, the cannabis sales, cultivation and manufacturing would be permitted within its borders for five years, under the state law.

Just over 1 in 5 municipalities in South Jersey  — from Burlington County south to Salem and Cape May counties — so far have said recreational marijuana businesses will be permitted in some form. An analysis of proposed ordinances by shows 20 municipalities will welcome cannabis businesses while 71 will prohibit them. Several still have yet to decide, including Cherry Hill, Evesham and Voorhees. Mount Laurel is permitting sales, while Medford and Medford Lakes are prohibiting them.

New Jersey voters last November overwhelmingly decided to permit recreational marijuana use and sales for those 21 years and older.  Even though cannabis businesses might not be permitted in a given community, its residents are allowed to smoke marijuana and use other cannabis products under the law.

A special committee of the Moorestown Town Council on Monday recommended letting in all businesses, including retailers, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. They would be limited to parts of town, and not on Main Street, the committee reported.

Mark Hines, chairman of Moorestown's Economic Development Advisory Committee, presented the committee's findings to Council members on Monday night. Like other municipalities, Moorestown has focused on the potential revenue from taxing marijuana sales at every level. Local communities can impose up to a 2% tax on retail sales and a 1% tax on other cannabis businesses. This is in addition to the state's 7% sales tax.

Hines told Council the special committee, which included Mayor Nicole Gillespie, recommends no limit on the number of licenses for the different cannabis outlets. The committee also suggested taxing the businesses at maximum allowed levels and using the money, at least in the beginning, for property tax relief. 

The growth of the cannabis industry in New Jersey is a "business reality," Hines said.

One exception: Moorestown will not allow retailers to have public consumption rooms where customers can use cannabis.

Moorestown's proposed ordinance will be introduced to Council on July 26 and will be considered for adoption at the second reading on August 9.

Cinnaminson will allow cannabis retailers, but only if they are connected to manufacturing or cultivating operations.


Municipalities that are allowing or prohibiting recreational cannabis sales, cultivation and manufacture in their communities. Information based on legal notices from municipalities. In some cases, the final vote has not yet been taken. The six classes of recreational marijuana businesses are: 1. Cultivator, 2. Manufacturer, 3. Wholesaler, 4. Distributor (transporting cannabis from one business to another), 5. Retailer and 6. Delivery (courier services for consumers).

Some of the communities indicated the prohibition might be temporary because more time is needed to make a decision. The Maple Shade ordinance, for example, notes the Township needs "to ensure sufficient time to carefully review all aspects of the Act and its impacts."

(1) Cinnaminson will permit retailers only when connected to cultivation or manufacturing operations.

(2) Logan will permit only the manufacture.

(3) Lower Alloways Creek will not permit retailers or delivery.

(4) East Greenwich will permit only cultivation and processing.

(5) Northfield will permit retailers, wholesalers and distributors.

(6) Lower Township will permit retailers and delivery services. 

(7) Mantua Township imposed a tax on pre-existing cannabis cultivation.

We incorrectly reported earlier that Washington Township, Gloucester County, and Mantua Township were allowing. They are not. If you find any discrepancies, please email

SOURCE: © analysis from legal notices.

Absecon Atlantic ALLOW
Atlantic City Atlantic ALLOW
Brigantine Atlantic PROHIBIT
Buena Vista Atlantic PROHIBIT
Egg Harbor Township Atlantic ALLOW
Estell Manor Atlantic PROHIBIT
Longport Atlantic PROHIBIT
Margate Atlantic PROHIBIT
Mullica Township Atlantic PROHIBIT
Northfield Atlantic ALLOW (5)
Port Republic Atlantic PROHIBIT
Somers Point Atlantic PROHIBIT
Ventnor Atlantic PROHIBIT
Weymouth Atlantic PROHIBIT
Bass River Burlington ALLOW
Beverly Burlington ALLOW
Bordentown Burlington PROHIBIT
Burlington City Burlington ALLOW
Burlington Township Burlington PROHIBIT
Chesterfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Cinnaminson Burlington ALLOW (1)
Delanco Burlington PROHIBIT
Delran Burlington ALLOW
Eastampton Burlington ALLOW
Evesham Burlington ALLOW
Fieldsboro Burlington PROHIBIT
Florence Burlington PROHIBIT
Lumberton Burlington ALLOW
Mansfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Maple Shade Burlington PROHIBIT
Medford Burlington PROHIBIT
Medford Lakes Burlington PROHIBIT
Mount Holly Burlington ALLOW
Mount Laurel Burlington ALLOW
New Hanover Burlington PROHIBIT
North Hanover Burlington PROHIBIT
Palmyra Burlington PROHIBIT
Pemberton Borough Burlington PROHIBIT
Pemberton Township Burlington ALLOW
Riverton Burlington PROHIBIT
Shamong Burlington ALLOW
Southampton Burlington PROHIBIT
Springfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Tabernacle Burlington PROHIBIT
Westampton Burlington PROHIBIT
Wrightstown Burlington PROHIBIT
Audubon Camden PROHIBIT
Audubon Park Camden PROHIBIT
Barrington Camden ALLOW
Bellmawr Camden PROHIBIT
Berlin Borough Camden PROHIBIT
Berlin Township Camden PROHIBIT
Camden Camden PROHIBIT
Cherry HIll Camden PROHIBIT
Chesilhurst Camden PROHIBIT
Clementon Camden PROHIBIT
Haddon Heights Camden PROHIBIT
Haddon Township Camden PROHIBIT
Haddonfield Camden PROHIBIT
Hi-Nella Camden PROHIBIT
Lawnside Camden PROHIBIT
Lindenwold Camden PROHIBIT
Magnolia Camden PROHIBIT
Merchantville Camden ALLOW
Mount Ephraim Camden PROHIBIT
Oaklyn Camden ALLOW
Pine Hill Camden PROHIBIT
Runnemede Camden PROHIBIT
Stratford Camden PROHIBIT
Voorhees Camden ALLOW
Avalon Cape May PROHIBIT
Cape May City Cape May PROHIBIT
Dennis Cape May PROHIBIT
Lower Township Cape May ALLOW
Middle Township Cape May PROHIBIT
North Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Ocean City Cape May PROHIBIT
Sea Isle Cape May PROHIBIT
Stone Harbor Cape May PROHIBIT
Upper Cape May Cape May PROHIBIT
Upper Township Cape May PROHIBIT
West Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Wildwood Crest Cape May PROHIBIT
Woodbine Cape May ALLOW
Deerfield Cumberland PROHIBIT
Greenwich Cumberland PROHIBIT
Maurice River Township Cumberland PROHIBIT
Upper Deerfield Cumberland PROHIBIT
Vineland Cumberland ALLOW
Deptford Gloucester PROHIBIT
East Greenwich Gloucester ALLOW (4)
Logan Gloucester ALLOW (2)
Mantua Gloucester PROHIBIT (7)
Monroe Gloucester ALLOW
South Harrison Gloucester PROHIBIT
Swedesboro Gloucester PROHIBIT
Washington Township Gloucester PROHIBIT
Wenonah Gloucester PROHIBIT
West Deptford Gloucester ALLOW
Westville Gloucester PROHIBIT
Woodbury Heights Gloucester PROHIBIT
Alloway Salem PROHIBIT
Carneys Point Salem ALLOW
Elsinboro Township Salem PROHIBIT
Lower Alloways Creek Salem ALLOW (3)
Mannington Salem PROHIBIT
Oldmans Salem PROHIBIT
Pilesgrove Salem PROHIBIT
Quinton Salem PROHIBIT
Salem Salem PROHIBIT
Upper Pittsgrove Salem PROHIBIT