Garden State Dispensary is making a move to expand its operations to include retail recreational cannabis as well as increasing its medical marijuana capacity at its Route 35 location.
The Borough Council endorsed the company's vision last week by way of a resolution. The company, which is situated near the entrance of the former Fort Monmouth, is in the process of applying for a retail cannabis license from the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
The New Jersey Department of Health this week issued permits to three additional companies to begin growing medical marijuana. This brings the total number of cultivation permits issued as part of the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)'s awards in December 2018 to five.
These permits were issued after comprehensive reviews including several site inspections, background checks of corporate officers and reviews of security operations and cultivation facilities.
The township and its publicly funded insurer tried to use $37,500 of taxpayer money to buy the silence of a medical pot user who sued the police department three years ago for entering his home without a warrant and later arresting him for marijuana possession.
However, the township’s attempt to procure a gag order backfired after the parties found themselves at an impasse over the details of the proposed confidentiality clause, resulting in the entire settlement’s unraveling last month in a federal court ruling that has now been made public.
With premium dried weed costing as much as $500 an ounce ever since the first dispensary opened seven years ago, Gurowitz’s worries are widely shared among the state program’s 58,000 participants, patient advocates say. As long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, no insurance company will cover it.
Now one state lawmaker said he’s working on legislation that would help minimize some of the financial burden.
State Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, said he’s drafting a bill that would enable state-funded programs to pick up some of the tab.
Charles X Gormally, a New Jersey attorney and co-chair of the Brach Eichler cannabis group, has been closely following cannabis legislation in the state. His law practice, Brach Eichler, has a cannabis group with numerous attorneys who assist in cannabis-related legal matters.
The New Jersey Department of Health says that a northern New Jersey woman died in August from complications from a lung disease associated with vaping.
State officials say that the total number of confirmed and probable cases of the lung disease in New Jersey has risen to 14. Officials say that the recent death was one of the probable cases.
During the lecture entitled “Giving the Green Light to Medicinal Marijuana: An Overview of NJ’s Program and Evidence,” Elnahal will discuss the evidence that exists around medical marijuana therapy.
“New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program has grown significantly during the Murphy Administration,” Elnahal said in a statement. “It is important that we continue to share the progress we’ve made to make the program more accessible and consumer-friendly so that more physicians will consider registering.”
An Iselin-based health clinic that used to be run by one of the most pro-medical marijuana doctors in the state — and who also had his medical license suspended last month — is still open to treat patients. It just has a new medical director and has been rebranded with a new name.
New Jersey’s medical marijuana program swelled during Gov. Phil Murphy’s first year in office, doubling its number of patients to more than 39,000.
The number of doctors also grew, from just more than 500 physicians to nearly 900.
But Murphy wants even more doctors to join, so state officials have been hitting the road to convince medical professionals of the benefits of medical marijuana — and dispel what they say are the myths.
New Jersey state approval last month for six new medicinal marijuana integrated dispensaries means more access to the drug for patients in need, but not without some controversy for the communities involved.