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Clifton voted unanimously to prohibit the selling and growing of recreational marijuana within city limits.

If Wednesday’s ordinance is adopted on second reading, Clifton would join an expanding cadre of communities that have voted to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana within their boundaries.

For the past several months, the city’s council has examined how other municipalities approached the banning of legal pot sales.

During its Wednesday night work session, at the behest of Councilman Peter Eagler, his colleagues decided to model the new ordinance on the one adopted last December by Point Pleasant. 

Point Pleasant’s ordinance, and not Clifton’s, proscribes the sale of recreational marijuana within a quarter mile of schools, houses of worship and playgrounds. The city proposes to add to this ban the growing of marijuana as well.

Eagler said the way the ordinance is worded, it essentially prohibits the sale of legal recreational marijuana from anywhere in the city. 

Marijuana use, Eagler noted, “is not…

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