New Jersey


NJ marijuana laws called outdated as 4/20 approaches

Stephen Cornell smokes pot twice a day to keep the pain and stiffness in his neck away.

The 45-year-old Smithville resident has been a quadriplegic since he was 6, after he fell trying to jump from one tram car to another outside Atlantic City Race Course. He’s smoked marijuana as medicine — both legally and illegally — since he was 16.

But Cornell is breaking the law.


Head of New Jersey's medical marijuana program resigns

John H. O'Brien, a state police lieutenant who was named director of the New Jersey medical marijuana program more than three years ago, has resigned.

O'Brien retired and his family is relocating, said Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, in response to an e-mail asking for information on O'Brien's April 4 resignation.

In a statement, O'Brien, 54, who was with the state police for 26 years, said he was "grateful for the opportunity to be a part of one of the more significant social changes in recent history."


New Jersey medical marijuana dispensary workers withdraw petition to unionize

TRENTON — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has withdrawn its petition to unionize the employees at the medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, ending what would have been legal battle with national implications for the burgeoning cannabis industry.

An official at the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia confirmed the hearing scheduled to take place in Philadelphia Wednesday was cancelled because the organizing petition was withdrawn by the union Local 152 Tuesday.

David Knowlton, a co-founder and board chairman of Compassionate Care Foundation alternative treatment center, said he was notified by the board of the cancelled proceeding but did not receive an explanation on why it had occurred.


Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.

"Absolutely," Christie said. "I will crack down and not permit it."


Lawyers afraid to defend N.J. medical marijuana dispensary

TRENTON — The co-founder of the medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township will appear in court Wednesday to dispute claims he blocked his employees' attempts to join a union in a case that is being watched across the nation.

And this isn't even David Knowlton's biggest problem.


Morris grower sowing seeds in medical cannabis

LINCOLN PARK – A longtime family agriculture business in Morris County has partnered with a publicly-traded corporation to enter a new growth business — medical marijuana.

The VandeVrede family business began in 1973 with a small farm in Lincoln Park and expanded over the decades to the popular Gro-Rite Greenhouse and Garden Center on Hillview Road near the Lincoln Park Airport. That property includes about 25 acres of land and a greenhouse covering three-quarters of an acre.



Doctors and patients emerge in sharper focus thanks to second annual report on program

As New Jersey’s medical marijuana program moves into its third year, state health officials said they will consider expanding it beyond the 10 conditions it currently covers. A panel of doctors and other medical experts will meet in the next few months, for example, to discuss adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other problems to the list.


NJ looks at adding medical marijuana conditions

A report shows that medical marijuana usage is low over the first 25 months of the program.(Photo: Courier-Post file)

New Jersey is preparing to consider adding conditions that qualify patients for using medical marijuana, Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd said Wednesday.

She said she will assemble a panel of medical experts to make recommendations.

Under state regulations, the process can start following the release Tuesday of the state's second annual report on its medical cannabis program.


Medical marijuana report release could lead to expanding N.J. program

TRENTON — New Jersey's medicinal marijuana program last year served 4,228 patients and their caregivers who chose from 33 different strains of cannabis to alleviate their suffering, according to the latest annual report issued by the state Health Department late Tuesday.


New Jersey Assembly votes to rebuke Christie over medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly is rebuking the Christie administration's handling of the state's medical marijuana program.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a resolution, ACR224, that says Gov. Chris Christie's Health Department has placed "arbitrary and unnecessary" restrictions on the program.

The vote comes a day after Christie criticized the notion of legalizing marijuana in order to gain a tax windfall, calling it "blood money."


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