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Montclair Store Gets Final Permit to Sell Medical Marijuana

The state Department of Health issued the go-ahead to Greenleaf Compassion Center earlier today.

Marijuana is coming to Montclair.

The state issued the first medical marijuana permit in the state to the Greenleaf Compassion Center, located at 395 Bloomfield Ave.

The dispensary will be located across the street from the popular Wellmont Theatre in the midst of the township’s bustling downtown restaurant and business area.

The state Department of Health granted the permit on Monday after a final inspection of the store. The medical marijuana dispensary is referred to as an “Alternative Treatment Center” according to the state. 

Greenleaf may open for business whenever it is ready. The owners of Greenleaf were unable to be reached for comment but their owners spoke to a Philadelphia publication earlier this summer about the new store. In the coming week, patients and caregivers will receive identification cards for the Medicinal Marijuana Program, according to the health department's announcement. Greenleaf can also begin contacting patients to schedule appointments. 

According to the department, there are 320 patients who have registered or who are in the process of registering for the state program. There are more than 175 physicians in the state -- 16 of which are located in Essex County -- who have signed up to prescribe medical marijuana. 

There are five other treatment centers which are currently seeking a permit from the state, according to the Department of Health

"This permit marks a significant step forward in the implementation of New Jersey's Medicinal Marijuana Program and allows Greenleaf Compassion Center to begin dispensing medicinal marijuana to qualified patients," said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd in a prepared statement. "The Department is working with all [Alternative Treatment Centers] to ensure the program serves patients safely and securely."

Double D October 16, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Marijuana should be sold like any other drug at a pharmacy. This avoids the "dreaded store" that opened in my neighborhood.
Double D October 16, 2012 at 01:34 AM
This drug should be sold exclusively in pharmacies. 1) No stigma to the patient. 2) No NIMBY.
Apryl Lee October 16, 2012 at 02:13 AM
"in the midst of the township’s bustling downtown restaurant and business area." oh, heaven forbid someone getting a latte or banking should run into a terminally ill patient picking up medicine!
Townie October 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Double D: this will be much more mainstream in 10-15 years, which would be the time to consider pharmacy sales. At present the large corporates that dominate (CVS, etc) want no part. As with many new approaches, the small fry must be pioneers. Apryl Lee: right on. We are grown-ups. Plus within a block there's a head shop, a porn store and an abortion clinic. All are good neighbors to the nearby restaurants, banks, and residences.
Tama Flynn October 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I'm proud of Montclair for hosting this center. I wish this had been available to my husband who had advanced glaucoma and suffered a lot with pressure behind his eyes which medical marijuana eases. Kudos to Montclair for yet again being a leader in the humanities!
Harry Haines October 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Marijuana should be readily available to adults just as wine, scotch, and chocolate are available. And you shouldn't have to be sick in order to have legal access to it.
Mr.Ms Patient December 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I'm a victim of MS and it seems the program is set to fail as it's been 3 years since the law was passed.Greenleaf is taking it's sweet old time calling patients.i called there yesterday and had a very simple question for them and the receptionist said she would call back and never did...thanks for nothing, your prices are outrageous as well

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