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Mayor Stephen Reid conceded the Republican primary to Councilman Paul Kanitra on Tuesday, offering him congratulations after his opponent easily defeated him in the election.
"Congratulations to Paul and his team," Reid said.
Voters picked Republican nominees for mayor and council on Tuesday after one of the most contentious campaigns in recent memory.
Kanitra will effectively unseat Reid while Point Pleasant Beach Councilman Tom Toohey and Council President Tom Vogel both lost to Arlene Testa and Doug Vitale in the GOP Primary.
The last couple of months Rabble Rouser Media has been digging into a group called NJ-RAMP and it’s unregistered/registered/unregistered lobbyist, and soon to be former Mayor, Stephen Reid. Our focus thus far has primarily been on Mayor Reid, but in one of our last installments on this group we mentioned , who registered on behalf of SAM Action to “
The Brick Township Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing March 12 on an ordinance to ban the retail sale of recreational marijuana in the township.
The ordinance, introduced Tuesday night with five yes votes and one abstention, was met with some comments in favor of it and some opposed, as expected.
In late November 2018, New Jersey lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate voted to advance an adult-use bill, marking the first official legislative action on the issue since pro-legalization Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in 2018. But since their 2016 takeover of the New Jersey legislature, Democrats have expanded qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatments, licensed more dispensaries and centered criminal justice reform.
Mayor Stephen Reid is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that borough tried to cover up a conflict of interest in his dual roles as mayor and chief lobbyist for a legal weed opposition group.
The lawsuit, filed by marijuana legalization advocate and blogger Patrick Duff, alleges that the borough of Point Pleasant Beach redacted Reid's private email addresses from records obtained by Duff in an Open Public Records Act request.
Stephen D. Reid wears many hats. He is the Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach and the founder and principal of Stephen Reid Associates, a public affairs and lobbying firm. Reid also happens to be the Executive Director of NJ RAMP, an anti-marijuana lobbying group that is the client of Reid’s lobbying firm.
The group, identifying itself as Sativa Cross: Ignorance Is No Excuse, argued that by banning a dispensary within the borough, the council effectively made it more difficult for patients to access their prescribed medical marijuana, according to The Ocean Star.
“You opened up and addressed the council there by saying that you were the mayor of Point Pleasant Beach and you were the first town to ban sales of marijuana, said it very proudly,” Mike Vintzileos, displaying a sample of medical cannabis, was quoted as saying in The Ocean Star.
A friend of mine who grew up near the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk recalls a time when Martell's was not much more than a glorified shack on the beach where the kids could buy penny candies.
"Watermelon slices, red-hot dollars, pink nougats, Mary-Janes, baby Sugar Daddies and of course the string licorice," she recalled.
Now it's a giant nightclub that plays host every summer to hundreds of people who look like they're answering a casting call for the next remake of "Jersey Shore." The same can be said of neighboring Jenkinson's.
As we are seeing in legalized states, the safety and economic consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana far outweigh the perceived benefits.
Marijuana legalization ushers in a new Big Tobacco-type industry that comes with a multitude of public health concerns, including addiction, youth drug use and higher numbers of minority arrests.
And with the nation in the grips of an opioid crisis, we cannot forget that the CDC has found that marijuana users are nearly three times more likely to be addicted to heroin.