By PETE WALTON
Neptune City is facing two lawsuits over plans for the sale of legal marijuana in the borough.
A suit filed by two Steiner Avenue residents says the Borough Council’s retail cannabis ordinance was “arbitrarily, capriciously, improperly and illegitimately adopted.”
A separate legal action by a company seeking one of two proposed licenses to sell marijuana says the borough’s process for awarding resolutions of support to two other companies “was biased and subjective and, as a result, arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”
Filing of the suits prompted Neptune City’s municipal attorney to advise Mayor Andrew C. Wardell and the six-member council not to respond to comments and questions posed by citizens at the most recent meeting of the governing body.
Attorney Eugene P. O’Connell and Melida Rodas, are asking state Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton, sitting in Freehold, to declare two ordinances and two resolutions unanimously approved by the bipartisan council “invalid, void and contrary to law.”
O’Connell and Rodas say the adoption of the four measures was “accomplished without regard for the general welfare of the Borough of Neptune City and its property owners, does not advance the health, safety and welfare of the borough’s residents and property owners, is not in the best interest of good zoning and planning, is inconsistent with the borough’s master plan, and was adopted contrary to law as a violation of…
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