Hugh Giordano, a representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 152, told council that the cannabis industry means good jobs, and Lefty Grimes, a resident of East Hanover, described the drug as important medicine that can save lives.
Grimes said they were at the meeting as part of a coordinated campaign to advocate for marijuana in towns.
So far, City Council members have made clear their opposition to allowing marijuana. In his comments at the start of the meeting, Giordano acknowledged council’s position fits with Ocean City’s established stance, compared to towns that have multiple bars but seek to shut out marijuana dispensaries. Both men asked for an exception for a medical marijuana dispensary.
“The one thing that I guess is different in Ocean City compared to other places that are trying to ban cannabis is that you have a history of keeping alcohol out, so you are consistent,” he said. “But I am here to say that you do have five pharmacies here. I would ask that in your resolution that you make it clear that you are open to at least the medical side.”