In New Jersey, the Mount Laurel Township Council heard a proposal to open a medical marijuana distribution center in the town. The proposal did not receive a explicit vote by the council, but it did move for more research to be done before the matter reconvenes at a later date.
Under A1465, a new bill approved unanimously by the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee, possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana would carry no criminal penalty. There were few objections from the packed Statehouse hearing room crowd.
Michael Patrick Carroll, the bill's prime Republican sponsor, stated that while some acts harm society and warrant police intervention, or even imprisonment, "Other acts warrant at best, a spanking, and these seems to be one of these situations."
The list of supports runs the gamut of all classes and collars, ranging from corrections officers to defense attorneys, college professors, and even a clergyman.
Almost a month after opening their first east coast location, the California-based marijuana cultivation superstore weGrow has announced that it has sold the franchise rights for multiple stores in New Jersey.
"The timing of weGrow stores coming to New Jersey couldn’t be better," Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow, said in a press release. "Two years after New Jersey passed a medical marijuana program, the state has finally issued the first of six medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary licenses this month. Patients around the state are going to be relying on these alternative treatment centers to grow a high quality medicine, and weGrow will be here to assist these cultivators in the best growing practices for doing so."
After much anticipation, New Jersey has gone and awarded its first permit to legally grow medical marijuana. Montclair, New Jersey's Greenleaf Compassion Center received their permit on Monday. The next step requires Greenleaf to acquire a second permit that would allow them to legally sell the medical cannabis to qualified patients.