NJ Town Officials Come Full Circle in Supporting Marijuana Clinic

NEW JERSEY: A small borough that rejected plans for a marijuana clinic more than two years ago now will become the home of South Jersey’s second dispensary.

The Compassionate Sciences dispensary is expected to open early next year in Bellmawr in Camden County, four years after the Garden State legalized the drug for medical use.   Bellmawr, a 3-square-mile town with 12,000 people, situated along a popular South Jersey shore route, had been approached by another dispensary operator, Compassionate Care Foundation, in 2011.

At that time, Mayor Frank Filipek said that he and the police chief and other officials had grave reservations and told the operator they would not support the proposal. “It didn’t feel right.  I was against it,” he said.  Filipek said that he feared “addicts hanging around” the facility and marijuana being freely sold to anyone who walked in.  No one wants that when they’re raising children, he said.