NYT: Montclair Has "Commercial Establishments as Eclectic as Its Residents."

Report says that New Jersey’s first medical marijuana dispensary should fit right in.


With an abortion clinic and a head shop just to the south on a tree-lined block of Bloomfield Avenue, and Thai and Indian restaurants, a bike shop and a veterinarian’s office to the north, a New York Times article published Friday said that New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary should fit right into a town—Montclair—with commercial establishments as eclectic as its residents.

The article says that, almost two and a half years after New Jersey passed a law legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, Montclair is one of only two communities — the other is Egg Harbor Township — on the verge of housing dispensaries.

“The response has been overwhelming, people coming up to us and shaking our hands and saying it’s a great thing for the town,” Joe Stevens, a founder and chief executive of Greenleaf, told the newspaper, noting that even those who show up regularly to protest in front of the abortion clinic next door “have told us they welcome our business.”

In April 2012, the Department of Health and Senior Services to the Greenleaf Compassion Center on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair to grow medicinal marijuana.

To read the full New York Times article, go here.

Patty Dow June 03, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Montclair rocks!!!!!
David Delmonico June 03, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Another reason to leave the town! The downtown area is filled with empty storefronts...and people wonder why? Head shops, homeless people, and now "Pot Palace". Great move for a town laden with debt! Let me know when you are officially bankrupt, as you are already broke!
Crafty Spiker June 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Apparently you have no experience with sick friends or relatives who have been helped by medical Cannabis. Do you also have a problem with liquor stores or pharmacies?
Townie June 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
In response to David Delmonico, if there were a connection between township debt and empty storefronts there would be empty storefronts all over town. The vacancy rates in Upper Montclair, Watchung, and the South End are very low. If you are unhappy living in Montclair and looking for reasons to leave, you'll find them. I like it here.
Paine June 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
And, our town debt will be taken care of sooner or later. The bad news: Montclair didn’t win the $164 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night. Winning number was 9 10 17 29 45 pb 33. We had 17 29 30 39 45 pb 3. Good news: we are getting closer with 3 of 6 numbers correct this time for winnings of $7. And, there were no winners of the jackpot, which now increases to $177 million. Montclair’s debt is approximately $230 million. Us winning the next jackpot will greatly improve the town’s future. That’s the plan.


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