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Lavallette Officials Want to Ban Marijuana Sales if Legalization Occurs

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Marijuana (Photo: Katheirne Hitt/Flickr)
Marijuana (Photo: Katheirne Hitt/Flickr)

Lavallette officials voiced support Monday night for an ordinance that would ban marijuana dispensaries from opening in the borough should Governor-elected Phil Murphy make good on his promise to legalize the substance.

The prospect of legalization has Shore area elected officials worried local communities could become hotbeds for pot tourism. The Point Pleasant Beach mayor has similarly voiced support for a ban on dispensaries, and Seaside Heights officials are worried marijuana businesses could interrupt redevelopment plans.

“Point Beach is passing an ordinance to ban any marijuana shops in their town because it’s a family-type community,” said Councilman David Finter. “I think it’s something that we, as a council, should be thinking about doing, too. I’d rather be proactive and get it done with.”

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Since Murphy, who campaigned on marijuana legalization, was elected last month, officials from numerous communities have been quietly planning how to respond. But until a legalization bill is signed into law, it may not behoove municipal councils to change their zoning ordinances, Borough Attorney Philip George said.

“It depends on what the regulation actually is, if it ever gets passed, whether it allows a municipality to take a different stand,” George said. “The old smoking regulations said that municipalities could be more strict if they wanted to, but that was changed a couple times over the years. We need to wait and see exactly what the regulations say.”

Lavallette resident Marlene Chamberlain said she would support a ban on marijuana businesses in town.

“In California, they’re having the problem of telling their children they shouldn’t start with drugs, but they’re seeing signs to buy it on every corner,” she said.

“If you want to do it in your house, I don’t have a problem with that, but if you want to do it on our streets, selling it next to ice cream shops, etcetera, I’m against it,” Finter said.

Councilwoman Joanne Filippone also indicated she would support a ban on marijuana businesses in town through a change in the borough’s zoning ordinance.

Lavallette, as well as other local communities, already have laws which ban numerous types of businesses from operating within their commercial zones. Specifically, Lavallette’s ordinance already bans adult bookstores in the business district. Such ordinances, however, have faced challenges before in Ocean County.

In 1992, Shay Varone filed plans to open the Pleasure Zone adult bookstore on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick, and immediately drew ire from residents and officials. Brick quickly adopted an ordinance that banned adult bookstores within 1,500 feet of schools, homes and churches. Judge William Huber ruled in favor of the business owner, and the store remains in the same location to this day.

Municipalities in states that have already legalized marijuana, such as Colorado, have struggled to find appropriate locations for dispensaries.

“Though technically medical marijuana dispensaries provide a healthcare service, they have historically been required to adopt the same zoning restrictions as businesses that sell alcohol, pornography, and firearms,” said Jeremy Németh, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado. “Generally, stores that sell these types of ‘vices’ are prohibited from locating in residential or mixed-use neighborhoods and are pushed into much less affluent neighborhoods.”

So-called “proximity buffers” were worked into Colorado’s law, allowing towns to restrict the sale of marijuana near parks, beaches and schools – similar to the regulations included in New Jersey’s own medical marijuana law.

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  • Tom Messner

    Phil Murphy and Corey Booker need to stop and seriously think about their stance on legalizing marijuana. The science of it doesn’t make sense it will end up damaging our society in the long run.

    • Ryan Dubicki

      You’re right…let’s just drink alcohol and pop opioids instead!

      • Scott Raisch

        Alcohol has been around for over five millenia. No issues with it unless you have an addictive personality, and then, well.. you have issues with just about everything.

        legalizing pot won’t do a fucking thing to stop the opiod problem. Cracking down on the doctors who prescribe it for everything; limiting the number of pills and the number of refills you can get for each prescription, WILL.

        • Peter Restine

          No issues unless lol have an addictive personality? The use of cannabis dates back as far as alcohol bud, and doesn’t murder your liver, whether or not you have an addictive personality

          • Scott Raisch

            As a matter of fact: Pot has been proven to cause lung cancer and COPD at a similar or greater rate than tobacco; alters the brain chemistry of users; adversely affects the heart; permanently alters the brain and retards brain development in minors; has been proven to cause memory loss; has been shown in studies to actually worsen mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts; has been linked to increased rates of liver cancer, stroke, and heart attacks

          • Scott Raisch

            And you are quite clearly another uneducated, pot smoking retard. Alcohol itself, is not addicting. It’s the individual USING IT, that determines whether or not they develop a dependency issue. Pot on the other hand, has been shown to cause dependency on it’s own, regardless of the user. One in eleven abusers will become addicted, as the recent studies have shown.

            The earliest known use of pot dates back to 2727 BE in China. The earliest known use of alcohol, dates back to 7000 BC, which was rice mead found in clay jars.. In China….

            So.. ya… wrong again! But keep trying you fucking idiot, you’ll get it right, sooner or later! ROFL!

  • PhiloDufresne

    “Point Beach is passing an ordinance to ban any marijuana shops in their town because it’s a family-type community,” So those bars and liquor stores are family type locations? How about Jenkinson’s bar directly across the boardwalk from the kiddie rides? The hypocrisy is painful to read.

    • Scott Raisch

      Jenkinson’s is no where near the kid rids you idiot, they’re on the other end of the boardwalk. The closest thing is an arcade, a pizzeria, and a candy shop.

      And yes, a restaurant with a bar attached, that kids cannot get to, is perfectly family friendly.

      Idiots walking around getting shit faced on a schedule one narcotic is not something that kids should be faced with or exposed to.

      • PhiloDufresne

        Calling people names and presenting bad information. My aren’t you a rude person I bet you are fun at parties. Jenkinson’s is not at the other end of the boardwalk that would be the inlet. It is 700 feet from the north end of the rides. The Tiki bar is 600 some odd feet and the Boardwalk bar and grill is less than 500. Jenkinson’s is across the boardwalk from the aquarium, the Tiki bar is across the boardwalk from the mini golf. So I stand by my analogy for hypocrisy.

        You say the establishments that serve alcohol are family friendly because kids cannot get in them. That is wrong because they can go in if they are with an adult. But let’s forget about that, why then would a dispensary not be family friendly when they are not going to allow children in either?

        If you know enough to call it a schedule one narcotic you should know that is an incorrect designation. It absolutely has medical benefits. That being the case if you have not smelled weed on the boardwalk you have not spent enough time there. Also shit faced is what you get on alcohol, people who are high do not generally act anything like those who are drunk. Yet the kids seem to have done fine through the years being exposed to both.

        Finally the point is not that anyone who wants to should be able to walk down the boardwalk toking on a fatty anymore then they should be able to walk down the boardwalk pulling on a tall one. The point is they should be able to walk into a retail establishment to legally purchase one intoxicant the same as they are able to do another and consume it in the privacy of their home. To be a prohibitionist for what ever your motivations are is fine, just don’t hide behind the children as your reason. The children have survived and prospered despite alcohol, pinball, pool, bikinis, and rock and roll. All other items that the puritanical prohibitionists have claimed would ruin children.

        • Scott Raisch

          Oh I am a riot at parties! And there was no bad information. You asserted that the bars are directly across from the kiddie rides. They are most definitely, NOT. There’s a good 100 to 200 yards between the Tiki Bar and Jenkinson’s, and the first set of rides. As I said, it’s on the other end of the boardwalk.

          An establishment serving alcohol is indeed family friendly. The kids are not exposed to it, they cannot purchase it, and they are not affected by it from second hand drinking, unlike pot and other schedule one narcotics, where you CAN get intoxicated just by being in the same room as the person using it.

          Pot dispensaries are akin to strip clubs: seedy, illicit, disgusting. You want kids exposed to that?? You are fucking insane and have no moral compose what so ever.

          Pot’s designation as a schedule one narcotic is accurate, and valid. It is addictive; it has very harmful side effects; has been proven to cause lung cancer and COPD at a similar or greater rate than tobacco; alters the brain chemistry of users; adversely affects the heart; permanently alters the brain and retard brain development in minors; has been proven to cause memory loss; Studies show that it actually worsens mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts; has been linked to increased rates of liver cancer, stroke, and heart attacks.

          And it serves absolutely, positively, ZERO legitimate purpose medicinally aside from giving chemo patients the munchies, and THAT can be done addressed with legitimate, LEGAL pharmaceuticals or non-narcotic options.

          You’ve obviously never spent a lot of time around pot heads, or you know that the term “Shit faced” is very apt for them as well.

          “The children have survived and prospered despite alcohol, pinball, pool, bikinis, and rock and roll. All other items that the puritanical prohibitionists have claimed would ruin children.”

          Really?? You don’t see many kids sneaking a beer bottle into school and drinking in the bathroom, but you do see and read about a LOT of kids sneaking blunts or joints into school and getting high. Why? 60% of high school students believe the false narrative that pot is perfectly safe. It’s relatively cheap comparatively, and it’s much easier to get as a minor than alcohol is.

          I don’t know where you live, but the high schools in my town are RIDDEN with schedule one and schedule two narcotics, so much so that every month, each of the four high schools gets a random, unannounced police K9 drug check. Very few to none of those kids started out as a happy go lucky 13 year old, and then just suddenly goes straight into heroin because they thought it might be cool. Most of them, started out trying pot at a friends house and then went looking for something else when they got bored.

          So don’t give me this fucking nonsense that the children shouldn’t be worried about and that they’re perfectly safe around pot.

          Fuck you and fuck your pot head dreams!

          • PhiloDufresne

            You are adorable. And wrong in so many ways. I’m not here to try and change the opinion of a closed mind. Time will prove you incorrect and that is enough for me.

  • Mike G

    Pot has been around longer and your crazy if you think kids don’t notice the crazy drinking partying around most beach towns. That said I would also prefer not having dispensaries in Lavallette. The town is tiny. There are discrete areas of Pt and SS among other places where shops can locate.

    • Scott Raisch

      The earliest known use of alcohol dates back to 7000 BC in China.. The earliest known use of pot, dates back to 2727 BC. Kids see the partying, they don’t know alcohol is involved unless someone shows them or walks around with a bottle in their hand. There is NO MISTAKING the foul stench of pot in the air

      And the difference?? Alcohol is legal. Pot is not. Teaching children to use illegal substances is just out right immoral and criminal.

      WRONG, AGAIN.

      • Mike G

        Found this article. I’ll agree there is ambiguity on which was used first. https://vinepair.com/booze-news/early-man-smoked-weed-before-discovering-alcohol-now-wonder-its-called-the-stone-age/

        Totally disagree about kids not being aware alcohol is involved in partying especially over age 7 or so. It’s pushed everywhere in media and they are no dummy’s. They actually would have no idea what pot smells like unless they are exposed at home to it (hopefully not).

        Pot IS legal in certain places and legal for medical use in many more places. At some point it’s going to need the same discussions as alcohol.

        My son is 7. I hope he doesn’t use either until he’s legal but I’m not a moron and realize he probably will try one or both. If forced to choose I would rather he responsibly smoke pot and never have a drink.

        • Mike G

          Yes I realize the humor in spelling dummies wrong. Phone autocorrected incorrectly and this site would let me edit it. Lol

          • Mike G

            Also notice how I was able to state my opinion without insulting anyone or making broad moral pronouncement against whole swaths of people?

            You ignorant d**k. (Sorry I had to.)

    • PhiloDufresne

      You are wasting your time. He is an alcohol peddler and is worried about competition.

  • Mac

    Laughing. And why not? I mean, the comments on this page about being a family community in an area with ‘gangsta’ boardwalks featured on both sides of the neighborhood that is also within the confines of a county that overwhelmingly elects and reelects zero substance Roy Moore clones like Vicari, are about as hypocritical as hypocrisy can be viewed and witnessed. Perhaps if the voters traded in their needles for rolling papers, our elected quality of life would improve so much that the public would need neither needles nor rolling papers to live in Ocean County.

  • sovreigncitizen

    How about rite aid, Walgreens, etc. ? Their stuff is killing people.