NJ Gov Christie Says Medical Marijuana Programs Are ‘Front For Legalization’

NEW JERSEY: Following reports that New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is suffering from low enrollment, Gov. Chris Christie called the program and similar programs across the U.S. “a front for legalization.”

New Jersey passed its medical marijuana law in 2009, and former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, signed it just before Christie, a Republican, took office. The first dispensary opened in December 2012, with predictions that the drug could help tens of thousands of patients in the state with severe or painful illnesses.

But The Star-Ledger reported on Sunday that only 2,342 patients have signed up for the program.

And last week, the president and chief executive of Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. of Egg Harbor Township — one of the state’s three medical marijuana dispensaries — announced he had quit because he couldn’t keep working for no pay in a struggling industry.

Christie said it’s clear there is not a demand for medical pot.

Medical Marijuana Center In NJ Says Business Is Booming, And That’s Just To Start

NEW JERSEY:  South Jersey’s first medical marijuana facility began accepting patients in an isolated industrial park near the Atlantic County landfill in Egg Harbor Township on Oct. 28.

It’s been a booming first six months. Compassionate Care Foundation’s CEO, Bill Thomas, said it is looking to build a second indoor growing facility at its secure site, significantly increasing the volume of marijuana it can produce.

Thomas spoke in the center’s lobby, near a small memorial to Diane Riportella, an Egg Harbor Township woman who traveled to Trenton regularly to lobby state lawmakers for medical marijuana while she was dying of multiple sclerosis.

New Jersey Approves Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey approved the opening of the state’s second medical marijuana dispensary on Friday. According to the Department of Health, Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. (CCF) was issued an operational permit following an inspection of their cultivation and dispensing facilities. [Read more…]