Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been hired on as a “senior advisor and consultant” for Green Leaf Medical, a New Jersey company that is looking to open a 50,000 square foot cannabis production facility and dispensary in Gloucester City’s Southport waterfront area.
The announcement surprised some who remember Nutter’s initially vehement resistance to a marijuana decriminalization measure that he eventually wound up signing into law. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the measure resulted in a 60 percent drop in marijuana possession arrests.
But despite his perceived opposition to cannabis legalization while he served his two terms in the mayor’s office, Michael Nutter says that his one-time opposition to decriminalization was due to the fact that he actually wanted to go further when it came to cannabis access.
“I was not opposed to decriminalizing marijuana,” he recently told a local news site. “The issue I was raising was I wanted us to do more than decriminalizing marijuana. This is medical cannabis, something that is obviously prescribed and it is legally allowed in New Jersey.”
Green Leaf Medical is one of three companies gunning for a Glouchester City marijuana license, and is competing against DEVI Holdings LLC and 57 Star LLC. It currently has operations in four states, with six facilities in total. The former Philly mayor will reportedly be working on community relations on outreach for the company.