Township Council members haven't given up on their weed ban plan.
A little over a month after the council voted unanimously to shelve a proposal to ban recreational marijuana sales, a majority of the seven-member governing body seems prepared to vote "yes" if a similar measure is reintroduced.
"I don't see anything good about allowing the sale of marijuana," Council President Brian Kubiel said. "We're looking at banning it. If new information comes out, we can certainly repeal it. We need to take a stand."
Council members were chided at a recent meetings by Bill McPhail, a resident of the Lake Ridge adult community, who criticized them for voting to table the ordinance.
"You guys had the lack of guts," to ban recreational pot, McPhail said. He said the council had allowed themselves to be influenced by people who don't live in Toms River.
McPhail was referring to a Feb. 13 public hearing on the weed ban ordinance at which 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.