Two stories came across the HMJ news desk discussing the birth pains of legalization. From Ann Arbor, Michigan, we learn of a resolution before the city counsel dealing with the day-to-day workings of legal marijuana. A meeting of the city’s medical marijuana licensing board was convened in response to concerns raised by several dispensary owners. The owners had received letters from the city attorney’s office. The letters make specific inquiries into several aspects of the business model of dispensaries – in order to assess whether they are in compliance with Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act. Compliance with the MMMA is a requirement for issuance of a medical marijuana license, and recipients of the letters have license applications pending with the city. No clear explication of what the medical marijuana model should look like exists. Learn more at The Ann Arbor Chronicle.
We visited New Jersey the other day and find ourselves back there again. In January, 2010, New Jersey legalized marijuana use for medical treatment. Two years later, there are still no medical marijuana facilities operating in New Jersey. In Montclair, approval was given for the Greenleaf Compassion Center, a dispensary for the distribution of medical marijuana. Several other dispensaries around the state have also received local approval by their municipal boards. Still, no dispensaries have opened.
A company called Breakwater has made inquiry in Jackson Township, in the form a letter of intent, to build a medical marijuana facility on a parcel of land up to 15 acres in size, within the township. Breakwater ATC has not yet submitted a formal application to the township zoning board, nor have they purchased land within Jackson Township. ”Right now, they are just seeing how the project would be received by the township.” Torres said. Breakwater ATC is one of six companies awarded licensing to operate non-profit alternative treatment centers for medical marijuana distribution. They are the only company licensed to conduct business in Ocean County. Keep up with NJ here.
Slow and steady will win this race. Knowing we are pushing into a fog of 70 years of fear and lies, we will do better to go a bit slower, creating something that will take root and thrive. Just as we have been taught by the wonderful plant we all love, growth is strongest not when it’s forced, but when it is nurtured.
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