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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.
The proposal is a joint venture of Academy Medical LLC and Green Leaf Medical LLC. Academy Medical was incorporated for this venture with Green Leaf Medical, which will manage the cultivation facility and any dispensaries that open in other municipalities.
Green Leaf Medical is a Maryland-based company that already grows medical grade marijuana, or cannabis, in several northeastern states. Its search for a base in New Jersey has led it to a large building here at 1301 N. 10th St.
Green Leaf Medical’s CEO Philip Goldberg expects to submit a medical marijuana dispensary application by Aug. 31, the final day for submissions as allowed by the New Jersey Department of Health Division of Medicinal Marijuana’s Request For Applications, announced on July 16.
In its current fundraising efforts to support expansion, the company has raised $6 million toward an $18 million goal.
Green Leaf is one of 14 companies currently licensed to operate a marijuana growing operation in Maryland. It also holds a processing license, awarded by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission last year.
The company currently operates a 45,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Frederick and a processing lab in Bishopville. The operations produce cannabis flower and concentrate products under the "gLeaf" brand name.