Sunday, March 24, 2013
While advocates call for changing rules to ease access to drug, sponsor seeks to work with Gov. Christie on making law more effective
New Jersey doctors have been slow to register to prescribe medical marijuana, one of several hurdles preventing expansion of the state’s program, according to medical marijuana advocates. Only one of six marijuana alternative treatment centers approved by the state has opened, with several of the others facing problems getting locations approved by local governments. These and other obstacles were highlighted yesterday by members of the nonprofit Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, who called for a series of new legal and regulatory changes to ease access to the drug. Coalition members want post-traumatic stress disorder to be added as a condition approved for use of the substance; access to marijuana in a lozenge form for those …
Friday, March 22, 2013
As the sole dispensary in the state, the owners of Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair said they can't keep up with demand.
Friday, March 22
Burdened with supplying medical marijuana to patients throughout the state, the only dispensary in the state located in Montclair will limit new patients to those living in north New Jersey, NJ.com is reporting. The owners of Greenleaf Compassion Center said this week that they are unable to grow enough marijuana for the number of state registered patients — more than 750, according to the article. The center will limit new customers to Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. The other treatment centers have yet to open their doors as they wait for permits from the state. Located at 395 Bloomfield Ave., Greenleaf Compassion center opened on Dec. 6, and has since seen approximately 120 patients, according to …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Susan Sturner, of Lawrenceville, visited Montclair's Greenleaf Compassion Center for the first time recently and walked out with legal marijuana.
Susan Sturner suffers from fibromyalgia, Hepatitis C and a host of other ailments. To ease her pain, her doctor recently prescribed her with one thing that will help: medical marijuana. Sturner drove to Montclair from Lawrenceville for her appointment at Greenleaf Compassion Center on Dec. 20. She later walked out with her first purchase of medical marijuana -- with no fear of being arrested. “I feel like I’m in a dream,” Sturner said. “I’ve waited so long for this and so many people with the Coalition with Medical Marijuana of New Jersey have worked for years ... to get here.” Sturner is one of the few hundreds of medical marijuana patients going to the newly opened dispensary, which opened on Dec. 6 in Montclair's busy business center…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Greenleaf Compassion Center opened Thursday and met with more than 20 patients.
Marijuana has arrived in Montclair. Greenleaf Compassion Center, located at 395 Bloomfield Ave., opened today and became the first medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. “We are excited,” said Joseph Stevens, board member and one of the chief financial officers, about finally opening up the dispensary. “For the patients of New Jersey, they finally are able to procure their medication in a safe environment.” The dispensary had scheduled about 20 patient appointments this morning who came from throughout the state, said Stevens. There are more than 370 patients eligible to participate in the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, with many more in the application process. The nondescript dispensary is located in the heart of …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After years of bureaucratic delays, the first medical marijuana dispensary could open its doors in the Garden State within a month
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By Tara Nurin, NJSpotlight.com As New Jerseyans wait to learn whether the state Senate will follow its peers in the Assembly to pass a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the first medical marijuana dispensary within New Jersey's borders may be little more than a month away from opening. More than two years after former Gov. Jon Corzine signed the bill legalizing medical pot, the Greenleaf Compassion Center is preparing to open in Montclair in early September and is already growing the maximum three strains of grass in preparation for opening day. “Being a funeral director for 15 years, I would hear from families whose loved one had been dying over time and used marijuana for relief. But they all felt like …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
State grants first permit to grow marijuana.
State officials Monday released a list of more than 100 physicians, including three in Teaneck, authorized to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Also Monday the state Department of Health and Senior Services approved a permit for Montclair-based Greenleaf Compassion Center to start growing marijuana, a move that could make the drug legally available to patients in three to four months. A second permit is needed before the facility can start selling the pot. “The Department is committed to ensuring that medicinal marijuana is safely and securely available to patients as quickly as possible,” Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said in a statement. In the registration process, physicians with verified credentials …