N.J. Med Marijuana Program Still at Seedling Stage
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N.J. Med Marijuana Program Still at Seedling Stage
Posted by CN Staff on January 16, 2012 at 06:22:39 PT
By Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger
Source: Star-Ledger
New Jersey -- By now, the owners of an empty storefront in Montclair expected to be dispensing medical marijuana to hundreds of cancer and multiple sclerosis patients suffering from demoralizing pain. Instead, brown paper covers the windows, and the green awning still bears the name of an old business. Greenleaf Compassion Center officials have spent more than $80,000, all while they wait for the go-ahead.
As Wednesday’s two-year anniversary of Gov. Jon Corzine signing New Jersey’s medical marijuana act approaches, one thing is clear: The health department isn’t close to opening the first dispensary.It is amid mounting concerns about the problem-riddled program that officials at some of the six approved centers are taking a new aggressive tone, calling out the state and threatening litigation."How long can it go on? … Are (we) foolish to keep investing in a failed program?" said Joe Stevens, the head of Greenleaf Compassion. At least two centers — Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Central Jersey and Compassionate Care Foundation in South Jersey — told The Star-Ledger it is likely they will sue municipalities that denied plans to open facilities. Among other concerns, the owners fear a not-in-our-town mind-set will spread across the state as delays linger."Every time you go to a town and get turned down, it’s harder to get into the next town," said Bill Thomas, CEO of the Compassionate Care dispensary. "The next town assumes something is wrong. It’s a contagion of ignorance." Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Donna Leusner did not give a specific date for when Greenleaf or the other centers will receive permits.When asked about the centers’ difficulties finding locations, she said the department defers to local governance. SnippedComplete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author: Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger Published: January 16, 2012Copyright: 2012 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on January 26, 2012 at 10:39:39 PT
Slow Progress, but Mandatory Treatment? 
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on January 17, 2012 at 09:13:03 PT
how can judges defend this account of cannabis use;%20ANSLINGER%20MURDERERS.html
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Comment #11 posted by John Tyler on January 16, 2012 at 19:41:06 PT
NPR and Canada
I listened to the NPR new Jim Crow interview. Isn’t that everything that we have been saying here for years and years? The Drug War, among other things, is racist. I am glad someone finally documented the whole thing. I think the only just thing to do is to reexamine every single case and pardon each one and make some type of restitution to them. There are millions of cases to be sure, but each one is a wrong that needs to be corrected.Also I send my very best wishes and hope for success to the new Canadian political parties who have made the relegalization of cannabis a campaign item. 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 16, 2012 at 17:47:29 PT
That sounds like excellent news. I hope you can turn this thing around and become the Great Wise North once again. 
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Comment #9 posted by HempWorld on January 16, 2012 at 12:59:29 PT
OT Today's Big News (IMHO)
Liberal and NDP political parties call for legalization of Marijuana, today!
Call For Legalization In Canada!
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on January 16, 2012 at 10:42:48 PT
Future of Canada
Liberals end 2012 convention with internal changes, new president, resolution to legalize pot.
Published On Sun Jan 15 2012.
Comments (26).Photo:
Liberal interim Leader Bob Rae holds up the hand of newly-elected Liberal party president Mike Crawley as they celebrate his victory at the Liberal Biennal Convention in Ottawa on Sunday.
Susan Delacourt, Bruce Campion-Smith and Les Whittington, 
Ottawa Bureau's two major Canadian political parties (New Democratic Party & Liberal) in favor of cannabis legalization vs. one dead-set against it and in favor of punitive prohibition (Progressive Conservative, the current Harper government).
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on January 16, 2012 at 09:53:31 PT
sure thing FoM that was one of the best interviews
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 16, 2012 at 09:06:06 PT
Thank you for the heads up.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 16, 2012 at 09:05:12 PT
What amazes me is that so many don't see what is perfectly clear to many of us.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 16, 2012 at 09:03:30 PT
I doubt I could ever vote for a Republican or Conservative again because of the reasons you mentioned. One time is enough for me and that was Reagan. I was so wrong and so sorry I did. They throw words around but they are empty words.
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on January 16, 2012 at 08:26:04 PT:
It's not that Conservatives are against "big government" -- it's just that they want government to do the kind of things that Conservatives like. Republicans HATE it when we, the TRUE Americans, want the Rich folks to pay their fair share in taxes ; when we try to curtail racist policies ; when we make things fair for people that Conservatives don't respect ; when we restrain them from shoving their brand of morality down our throats.Conservatives just LOVE to interfere in people's personal, lifestyles, choices...they are such hypocrites! They profess to be in favor of "States Rights"...that is, until the voters of those States choose a more Liberated view, e.g. Medical Marijuana. When that happens, suddenly these same "States Rights" Conservatives become hard-core Federalists. 
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on January 16, 2012 at 07:52:10 PT
today on NPR at noon Fresh Air Michelle-Alexander
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on January 16, 2012 at 07:26:16 PT
New Jersey
It seems to me, conservatives such as those in power in New Jersey, work at getting into government and then set about proving that government doesn't work.
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