It's like being given a key to the kingdom but then putting a bunch
of hurdles in front of the kingdom's gate. New Jersey voters want
to legalize medical marijuana. It's been three years since the state
said yes to the legalization, but still not much progress. What is the hold-up?
Currently there is only one legal medical marijuana dispensary that has
opened. And based on the experience of the workers there, some might say
that others who are ready to open up their own dispensaries in New Jersey
According to workers of Greenleaf Compassion Center, it isn't just
the state law versus federal law that creates stress regarding the sales
of medical marijuana. State regulators alone are sending them mixed messages,
applauding the center for its work one day and warning that it might be
shut down for supposed violations the next.
Greenleaf is the sort of guinea pig of medical marijuana dispensaries in
New Jersey. Several establishments are supposed to make the controversial
medication available to eligible consumers, but no others have opened
yet. They have supposedly failed to meet the legal criteria necessary to open.
This puts great pressure on Greenleaf, which has a backlog of patients
wanting to buy marijuana. That is a stress for the business as well as
a disappointment for medical pot advocates who think that New Jersey is
moving too slowly in its acceptance and application of the medical marijuana law.
Strict rules regarding the sales and use of marijuana are not going anywhere. Our
New Jersey drug crimeslawyers can help those who have questions about the law or who are being
threatened with marijuana charges.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "N.J. medical pot program beset by clashes with state, patient backlogs,
legal challenges," Susan K. Livio, March 4, 2013