In December, council members adopted an ordinance that established regulations to be followed by individuals and/or entities that would seek approval for a cannabis business license.
In Tinton Falls’ form of government, the mayor does not vote on the adoption of ordinances or the passage of resolutions. Only the council members vote on those municipal government actions.
In comments made during the meeting, Perillo said potential cannabis businesses would place a burden on the borough and lead to negative repercussions.
“I keep reminding myself of the things I learned in school,” the mayor said. “No outside source is going to conquer the United States. If we lose what we have today, it will be internally and I think this cannabis stuff is almost a start. (The businesses) don’t have to lift a finger. All they have to do is hand out the drugs free.”
Perillo said he would seek to have the borough’s attorneys determine if he has the power to rescind the cannabis ordinance and prohibit the operation of cannabis businesses in Tinton Falls.