June 23, 2021
To the Editor:
As a council member, my work is to enact polices that reflect the will of voters. Sixty p.c of voters in Ocean County, and the majority of voters on LBI, voted to legalize leisure cannabis. Why? Because they want entry to lawful marijuana products, and the sizeable tax revenues from revenue to stay in our neighborhood.
Let us be truthful with ourselves: We may well not individually like cannabis – I absolutely really do not – but it is remaining offered suitable now by unlicensed, illegal growers on LBI who are accountable to no a single. Now that grownups can legally use it in New Jersey, they’ll acquire it – possibly from illegal or licensed sellers. It is smarter for Seaside Haven to license a retailer so that we can oversee their operations.
The choice is ceding the industry to unlicensed criminals or sending hundreds of countless numbers in tax earnings to another metropolis to fund their police, education and learning and youth packages.
Allow me be 100% clear: I totally do not want to see a hashish business sited on Bay Avenue or close to our schools. But I know we can safely and securely license a non-storefront delivery services to meet up with the Island’s demand from customers without a single purchaser setting foot in a store.
As a consultant of the voters, it would be very poor stewardship to refuse to enact regulations that voters approved, particularly ones that will convey these kinds of significant profits into Beach Haven. We never inquire guests and inhabitants to invest in illegal moonshine – we license liquor merchants, so that proprietors are accountable to our neighborhood, comply with the regulation, and really do not market to minors. I urge everybody to imagine rationally about this situation.
Nancy Taggart Davis, councilwoman
Beach front Haven