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TOMS RIVER – Could recreational marijuana some day be sold and grown here legally?
Buying and selling legal weed in Toms River may still be a longshot.
But proponents of legalized weed did score a victory Tuesday night when Toms River council members tabled an ordinance that would have banned recreational pot sales.
The council voted unanimously to table the measure indefinitely after only one person spoke in favor of banning recreational weed during a nearly 90-minute public hearing.
Toms River residents, along with marijuana advocates from other towns, including Asbury Park, Eatontown, Spotswood and Gloucester Township, said the council’s move to ban recreational pot sales was premature and ill-informed.
Several residents who are battling chronic illnesses said marijuana has helped reduce pain and either reduce, or eliminate, their need to take opioid painkillers. They argued legalized weed could actually help curb the opioid epidemic here.
“It’s provided me relief, and given me the opportunity to be off narcotics,” said resident David Lansing, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder.
He said if the township bans recreational marijuana sales, “I want the liquor licenses and the cigarette licenses pulled from Toms River.”
Banning marijuana sales is also not necessary at this time since the state has not yet legalized pot, several residents said.
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