New Jersey


Here's where Jersey's next medical marijuana dispensary will open this year

Six years after the Christie administration selected a half-dozen nonprofits to produce cannabis for the state's medical marijuana program, the last one of the bunch on Thursday received a permit to begin growing its first crop, Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett announced Thursday.

Foundation Harmony will operate from a 10,000-square-foot indoor greenhouse and retail establishment in a commercial and industrial section of Secaucus by the end of 2017, according to Bennett and a dispensary spokeswoman.

Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett will have the final say on whether the list of medical conditions should be added to the medical marijuana program.


Ex-Insys Employee in U.S. Kickback Case Loses Fight to Smoke Pot

A U.S. judge has rejected a former Insys Therapeutics Inc employee's arguments that he had a constitutional right to use marijuana while under indictment for what federal prosecutors call a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors to prescribe an opioid drug.

Jeffrey Pearlman, a former Insys district sales manager, had sought to modify his bail conditions so that he could continue using marijuana prescribed by a New Jersey doctor to help kick an opioid addiction he developed after a spine injury.

Pearlman is one of several former employees and executives of Arizona-based Insys to face U.S. charges related to Subsys, an under-the-tongue spray intended for cancer patients containing fentanyl, an addictive and regulated synthetic opioid.


Marijuana industry gears up after NJ candidate backs legalization

Stacks of resumes from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm.

The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the company’s next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana.

“They told us, ‘Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit,’” said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the country.


Everything You Need to Know About the New Jersey Legalization Bill

“States that have legalized cannabis have not seen the doom and gloom scenarios that the critics had predicted.”

In the future, when all 50 states have finally legalized marijuana, we’ll all look back at Colorado for being the alpha with the biggest nugs for helping to make it happen. Colorado’s success has given other states the blueprint for thriving economically under legalized marijuana, and their success so far makes it seem insane for other states to not move forward with legalization. But, alas, it’s been a slow process.



Why medical marijuana shops in PA. won't reek

Walk into a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey and the first thing to hit you is the stink.

Weed’s scent is a sour blast that seems to reek of citrus, diesel, and skunk. At the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, charcoal air purifiers — encased in gleaming steel and larger than jet engines — are strategically placed through the facility. It’s hard to say whether their presence tempers the odor, which is generated by thousands of cannabis plants growing under lights in the same building.


This Firefighter Took A Doctor’s Advice To Use Medical Marijuana — Now He Could Be Fired

Medical marijuana is off-limits for police officers, firefighters, truck drivers, and millions of other workers in safety-sensitive jobs, even in states where it’s legal. These employees face a tough choice: Live with pain, or lose their job.

Brad Wiltshire doesn’t like to complain, but to talk to him is to understand how much pain he is in. Dystonia, the disorder that he was diagnosed with a decade ago, causes muscles in the 56-year-old’s face to fight against each other, so his voice is strained and agitated, even when he’s not.


A first-of-its-kind recreational marijuana bill was just introduced in New Jersey

Considering how unpopular marijuana was with the public during the mid-1990s, it's phenomenal to take a step back and witness just how rapidly pot's presence has grown in the United States over the past 21 years.

Marveling marijuana's expansion

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical cannabis for compassionate use. Since California, 27 additional states and Washington, D.C., have followed. Five new states legalized medical weed last year alone, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, which chose to do so entirely through the legislative process.


Here’s How New Jersey Is Preparing For Recreational Marijuana

Just waiting to Chris Christie to get out of office.

Despite the fact that New Jersey governor Chris Christie remains adamantly opposed to the concept of legal marijuana, state lawmakers are preparing to reveal a master plan for how they will establish a taxed and regulated pot market the second Christie’s veto power is no longer a problem.


Bill to legalize recreational marijuana in N.J. set to be unveiled

A state lawmaker on Monday is scheduled to unveil legislation that would legalize, regulate, and tax recreational marijuana in New Jersey. 

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) will formally announce the Democratic-sponsored measure noon at Monday at a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton.

Medical marijuana is already legal in the state. But if this bill becomes law, New Jersey would become the ninth state to legalize pot -- joining Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.


Christie Calls Push for Marijuana Legalization 'Beyond Stupidity'

The Republican governor told a forum on substance abuse that it's "not time for us to be cool and say, 'Pot's OK.'"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't hold back against lawmakers in his state that want to legalize marijuana Monday.

The Republican governor told a forum on substance abuse hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association it's "not time for us to be cool and say, 'Pot's OK.'"

Democrats in New Jersey's state Senate are expected to unveil a proposal that would make it the twelfth state to legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana use – a move Christie says is "beyond stupidity."


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