Ocean City Council Says No Way to Marijuana

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleCity Council took a strong stance Thursday night to preserve the community’s family-friendly atmosphere. To go with its ban on alcohol sales since the 1800s, the city is also prohibiting the sale of marijuana, keeping with its slogan “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”In a unanimous vote, Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting marijuana facilities within one-quarter mile of a school, church, recreational or sports facility, the Boardwalk and any residential area. It would effectively outlaw businesses from selling marijuana or pot paraphernalia in all parts of town.Council President Peter Madden said after the meeting that the ordinance just makes sense for Ocean City.“I think it is a matter of what Ocean City is all about,” Madden said. “You can’t buy a drink in this town, why would you be able to buy marijuana? This ordinance is the right move for our town.” Ocean City is following other towns that have already passed local laws banning marijuana sales in anticipation of the state Legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy legalizing the recreational use of pot. Murphy made it a campaign promise to make recreational pot smoking legal, but the Legislature has not yet been able to agree on a bill.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explains at a meeting in January that communities can ban marijuana sales, even if the state Legislature legalizes it.At a prior Council meeting, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained to the Council that by banning cannabis sales, the city also bows out of receiving revenue from a tax on marijuana dispensaries.She also advised the Council that they could legislate with an ordinance their stance against the legalization of marijuana. On Jan. 10, Council voted to introduce the ordinance 7-0. Thursday night’s vote gave the ordinance Council’s final approval.Mayor Jay Gillian said of the vote to prohibit marijuana sales, “This is a continuation of what Ocean City is all about. I believe in medical marijuana,. I’m for that, but recreational use – no way.”City Clerk Melissa Rasner explained that since the ordinance involves land use law, the measure would need to go to the county’s Planning Board for its approval.After that time, she said the ordinance would go into effect within 20 days.Founded in 1879 as a Christian resort by a group of Methodist ministers, Ocean City has always been a “dry” town” with its ban on alcohol. It is one of the hallmarks of the safe and family-oriented image of the community. The Council members said keeping with what makes Ocean City such a special place to live and raise a family is exactly why the ordinance is needed.“I’m all for it,” Councilman Bob Barr said of the ordinance.Barr has adamantly opposed the legalization of marijuana, saying it has the potential to be a gateway to other drugs.Councilman Michael DeVlieger echoed Barr’s sentiments while stating his support for the ordinance. DeVlieger added that it is sad that the matter should have ever had to be contemplated. City Council bans pot shops taking a strong stance to keep community family friendly.last_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-4)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-4)Boys ScoresRivertown ClassicSouth Dearborn  61     Switz. County  51Lawrenceburg  73     Rising Sun  56Girls ScoresNorth Decatur  56     South Decatur  44Austin  45     SW Hanover  32Greenwood Christian  44     Hauser  25Shawe Memorial  56     Rock Creek Academy  49Shelby County TourneyWaldron  43     Morristown  29Triton Central  53     SW Shelby  34last_img

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Murder charges dropped against suspect in slaying

first_imgMeanwhile, police on Tuesday said they were investigating whether Onate was involved in questionable business dealings with at least one of the suspects that could have led to his death. “We speculate they were involved in illegal goings-on, but I can’t say what that is. … It may have been something that went wrong that precipitated the attack,” said Pasadena Police Department Cmdr. Mike Korpal. Court records show Bruister has a 2003 conviction for burglary. Hampton was convicted in 2005 of possession of heroin and cocaine paraphernalia. She was also convicted in 2001 of being under the influence of narcotics while driving with a suspended license. Villagomez was convicted in 2006 of receiving and concealing stolen property, in 2005 of possessing narcotics, and in 1988 of grand theft, according to court records. Police were called to the bus stop about 9:55 p.m. Thursday. Officers found Onate lying on the sidewalk near the stop. He had been shot multiple times. He died later at a hospital. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file charges against one of three people arrested in the shooting death of a 42-year-old Pasadena man at a bus stop last week. Prosecutors said they rejected filing a murder charge against Jorge Villagomez, 38, of Pasadena in the Thursday shooting of Frank Onate in the 700 block of North Los Robles Avenue. Villagomez was expected to be released from custody Tuesday. Murder charges remained in place against a second suspect, Johnny Bruister, 46, of Pasadena. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Deputy District Attorney Martin Bean said prosecutors have a videotape that shows the shooting. The third suspect, Cherlyn Hampton, 42, of Pasadena, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. Bruister’s and Hampton’s arraignments were postponed. Bail for Bruister was set at $2million. Hampton’s bail was set at $500,000. Investigators believe Onate might have known one or more of the suspects. last_img read more

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