The medical marijuana growing facility for Harmony Foundation in Secaucus is largely automated.(Photo: courtesy of Harmony Foundation)
When it comes to the state’s medical marijuana law, progress has come in increments rather than great strides. New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, state law since 2010, has been implemented ever so slowly under Gov. Chris Christie, who has never hidden his disdain for the law.
Yet those disappointed by the snail’s pace of the law, and the establishment of new medical marijuana centers, have new reason to take heart.
As Staff Writer Lindy Washburn reported, North Jersey will soon be welcoming the state’s largest dispensary of medical marijuana yet – at a 10,000-square-foot facility on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Once it opens, the dispensary plans to serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of strains of cannabis. The Christie administration has issued a permit to grow medical marijuana to Harmony Foundation and will consider issuing a permit to dispense marijuana after the crop is tested later this year.
Shaya Brodchandel, Harmony’s president and CEO, said the strains of marijuana selected to be grown at the facility will be “well suited for New Jersey medical patients’ conditions and to our unique growing system.” Once the Secaucus center opens, New Jersey will have six marijuana dispensaries, which state officials call alternative treatment centers. The others are in Montclair, Egg Harbor, Woodbridge, Cranbury, and Bellmawr in Camden County.
The debate over the uses of marijuana, and whether it should become legal as a recreational drug, is ongoing in different parts of the country, and has intensified since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana outright and began selling it commercially in 2014. Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for governor, has said he favors such legalization in New