New Jersey

Fri
02
Oct

Workers prepare for opening of medical marijuana dispensary

BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) - Workers are weighing and stuffing cannabis in bags as part of the final preparations before southern New Jersey’s newest medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors Monday.

More than 100 patients have selected Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center ahead of the Bellmawr facility’s opening next week.

The dispensary is prepared to serve 1,800 patients purchasing an ounce, general manager Michael Nelson said. Eventually, patients will be able to choose from two dozen medical marijuana strains.

Fri
25
Sep

NJ Inspectors find pesticides at medical marijuana dispensary

TRENTON — State health inspectors have cited the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary after finding pesticides at its Woodbridge facility, although no traces of the bug-killing substance was detected in the medicine, a state health spokeswoman confirmed.

New Jersey's medical marijuana program bars dispensaries from using pesticides on its cannabis crops.

Garden State Dispensary owner Michael Weisser said inspectors found a sealed container of organic pesticides in a little-used cabinet. "At one time we considered using it," he said.

Garden State submitted a "corrective action plan" in August demonstrating they understand and will abide by the rules, health department spokeswoman Donna Leusner said. The department approved the plan.

Wed
23
Sep

New Jersey to get fourth medical marijuana dispensary

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state Department of Health has given the green light to an alternative treatment center that will become New Jersey’s fourth medical marijuana dispensary when it opens in October.

Health department officials issued the permit after a final inspection was conducted at Compassionate Sciences Inc. in Bellmawr. The approval was announced Monday.

NJ.com reports Compassionate Sciences Inc. has 5,550 registered patients and caregivers. A caregiver is permitted by the state to buy medical marijuana on behalf of patients who are unable to travel.

The southern New Jersey facility was permitted to begin growing marijuana in June.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine signed New Jersey’s medical marijuana legislation in 2010.

Wed
23
Sep

Chris Christie's claim that he 'supported and implemented' New Jersey's medical marijuana laws

Christie’s predecessor, Democrat Jon Corzine, signed the New Jersey Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act into law Jan. 10, 2010 — his last day as governor. That left Christie with the responsibility of carrying out the law, which was expected to take effect over six months.

The law made it legal for patients with certain debilitating medical conditions (including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and any terminal illness where the patient was not expected to live more than a year). It gave the state health department authority to write regulations for the medical marijuana program.

Fri
18
Sep

Salmon that will get you baked: weed-infused fish the latest in cannabis cuisine

Sliced thin with flecks of dill peeking out, the salmon looks like any other of gravlax you would have for brunch. But put it on a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese, and you will get pretty stoned eating this delicacy.

The mastermind behind the THC-infused salmon – cured in salt, dill, lemon, sugar and a weed tincture – is Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen in Denver.

“I love bagels and lox, and I love cannabis,” Pollack said.

Wed
16
Sep

N.J. judge: Mother can't bring medical marijuana to her child at school

TRENTON — The mother of a teenage New Jersey girl with epilepsy cannot come to school to feed her daughter cannabis oil that has helped control her seizures, a state judge ruled Tuesday, saying state and federal drug possession laws trump their right to use medical marijuana on school grounds.

This is the third legal defeat for the Barbour Family of Maple Shade, which has vowed to keep appealing the case legal experts believe is the first court challenge of its kind in the country.

Tue
08
Sep

N.J. court rules marijuana smell still probable cause

TRENTON — A New Jersey appellate court on Tuesday ruled that despite a 2010 law legalizing medical marijuana, its smell is still grounds for a warrantless search.

An attorney for George A. Myers, who was arrested in January 2012 after he was found with a small amount of marijuana and a handgun, had argued before the three-person panel that the law had removed the presumption that a marijuana odor means someone is illegally in possession of the substance.

Tue
18
Aug

Family to seek emergency order on medical marijuana in New Jersey

MAPLE SHADE – The family of an autistic, epileptic Maple Shade teen say they’ll continue the legal battle to administer medical marijuana to their daughter on school grounds.

The Barbour family is expected to file an emergency order Monday in hopes of forcing the school district to allow Genny Barbour’s mother to give the teenager medical marijuana at school while the legal wrangling continues.

Last week, Administrative Law Judge John Kennedy denied the family’s appeal of an earlier ruling, again siding with the Larc School in Bellmawr and the Maple Shade School District, upholding their argument that state law does not allow the administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

Tue
11
Aug

NJ judge rules teen cannot have edible marijuana at school

TRENTON — A teenage girl in Maple Shade on Tuesday lost another legal battle in her quest to use medical marijuana in school to help control her seizure disorders as an administrative law judge ruled it would violate state laws designed to ban drug use in school zones.

The Maple Shade school district and the Larc School in Bellmawr "are mandated to comply with the Drug Free School Zone Act," according to Administrative Law Judge John S. Kennedy.

Roger Barbour, the father and attorney for his daughter, 16-year-old Genny Barbour vowed to appeal the case, which is believe to be the first court challenge of its kind in the country.

Mon
10
Aug

NJ Weedman taking marijuana conviction to high court

TRENTON —Marijuana legalization activist Edward Forchion, better known as NJ Weedman, lost an appeal to overturn his 2010 possession conviction.

Forchion, who moved to California, sought to have his Burlington County conviction thrown out by claiming he has a medical necessity for the pot and that criminalizing the possession of marijuana violates his rights under the U.S. and New Jersey constitutions.

But an appellate panel, in its 31-page decision issued on Friday, didn't agree and upheld his conviction.

Reached on Saturday through Twitter, Forchion told NJ Advance Media that he plans to ask the state Supreme Court to consider his case.

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