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Mayor Says Medical Marijuana Warehouse is "Welcome in Woodbridge"

Other towns are trying to shut out medical marijuana clinics; in Woodbridge, Mayor John McCormac welcomes them. One may be open here in as little as four months.

One of six medical marijuana clinics in the state will be situated in Woodbridge, and it could be just four months away from opening.

Compassionate Care Centers of New Jersey, which has been trolling about for a town in central New Jersey to host a medical marijuana dispensary, bought the defunct 6th Avenue Electronics store on Route 1, according to a report on nj.com, with plans to turn it into a warehouse to grow and sell the plant.

The pot purveyors purchased the electronics store building last week for $2.75 million, nj.com reported, saying the buy had been in the works for over a year, even though . 

Medical marijuana centers have had a hard time trying to find municipalities willing to allow the dispensaries in their town limits.

When news that a pot-growing dispensary would be coming to Upper Freehold last December, a fierce outcry from citizens and an ordinance unanimously passed by the town committee stopped the warehouse in its tracks.

'It'll be great.'

Not so in Woodbridge.

Mayor John McCormac, who said he knew about the marijuana dispensary's plans for over a year, told nj.com that he "welcomed" the marijuana warehouse.

"As long as it’s legal, Woodbridge residents might as well get the benefit of it. If our residents need the products, it will be close by. It will be great.

"Unlike many towns, we’re welcoming them to Woodbridge," McCormac said in the nj.com report.

McCormac apparently didn't share the news of the pot warehouse with some of Woodbridge's elected officials.

Councilman Bob Luban was taken aback when the news got out that a pot warehouse was coming to town.

"I'd like someone to explain the benefits to Woodbridge. I'm as surprised as everyone that the administration appears to be encouraging them to come here. I was under the impression many towns are against it," Luban said.

"Unless there is some magic revenue benefit, i don't see where there is a benefit to Woodbridge at all."

Marijuana Grows Jobs

Compassionate Care's spokeman told nj.com that they expected 50 jobs to materialize at the pot warehouse. Some of the employment will go to off-duty Woodbridge policemen, who will be hired to guard the marijuana stash being grown in the building. 

Earlier this year, rumors were swirling that a marijuana dispensary might be coming to town. While officials inside the township denied it, Raj Mukherji, who said he had been a lobbyist for Compassionate Care before he became a deputy mayor of Jersey City, said in March that they had indeed been considering Woodbridge as a medicial marijuana site.

"Woodbridge would be a good location. It's a ratable for the town. I know [Compassionate Care was] looking at New Brunswick originally," Mukherji said.

The mayor's office did not return phone calls for this story.

The former 6th Avenue Electronics store is located on a busy stretch of Route 1 North, between the McGuire Cadillac dealership and the , and a little over a mile to .

On August 9, the New Jersey Department of Health opened up a registry that potential pot customers had to join for permission to buy marijuana. So far, less than 100 patients have signed up statewide.

As far as Woodbridge is concerned, Luban said he would've liked to have gotten a head's up on the deal.

"I would've liked to have known this was in the works. We should've been given the opportunity to discuss it with the redevelopment agency, and we should've been asked our opinion," he aid.

"We do represent the people directly."

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Brian August 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Joey, tell that to the Gov of Arizona regarding the immigration issue. Time an time again, she has tried to do what needs to be done in her State only to be halted by the Federal government. Dispensaries are still raided by the DEA on a regular basis.
Brian August 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Joey, You can't honestly say the CCC is a well run business until it's been running for some time. Can you tell us what "tax revenue" Woodbridge will receive from the CCC?
Brian August 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Yes, I am 117 years old. You pegged me. I'm aware of alcohol's destructiveness. We aren't talking about alcohol right now. Please focus on the current topic.
Bill Roberts August 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The quick and easy answer of why the Mayor knew a year ago and didnt say anything about his support for it is because Chris Struben would've been elected Mayor by a landslide.
Katy Lake August 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The word is "ideologue", and you aren't that. It's far too high above your limited IQ. You're much more of a demagogue for your leader, McCormac, who suddenly got all shy about slapping his ugly, sodden, drunken puss all over the "Woodbridge Welcomes Pot Shop" crap. McCormac cares about as much for cancer patients as he cares about struggling homeowners who can't keep paying for his insane tax increases. Interesting that there's a report out that smoking pot for years makes you stupid. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/teen-cannabis-use-may-damage-brain-for-life-warns-major-study-8082533.html How did the UK Independent paper reach you, Slyfox?
slyfox1961 August 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Ah ha ha ha hah ha ha ha...Streuben winning....now thats funny.
slyfox1961 August 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@katy lake: If you were a lady instead of a nasty bitch, I would ask you to show some class.
Al McDorman August 29, 2012 at 04:31 AM
The Mayor takes care of his own from his buddy civilian co-directors of the Woodbridge P.D. down to the roughly 36 good old boys who get to guard the stash house this New Years Eve, 2012 and beyond. It's a great way to honor our veterans who've been appointed as officers over the past year (following layoffs) to give them additional work and pay even over the holidays to reward "good behavior". With payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) which the Mayor is so fond of, the ratable value may be minimal but he'll have the government start-up expenses up front to spend as our leader sees fit. It's all legal (well, except for Federal Law) so unless the Feds enforce the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 in New Jersey, it should work. What is really pathetic in Woodbridge Township is that when Mayors keep on acting like kings and the citizenry are treated like commoners kept in line by the kings knights in red, white, and black, these guys keep getting voted in until they get arrested or the like. MacCormack is only following the path blazed by predecessors like Jim McGreevey and Walter Zirpolo. One hand washes the other, and the Knights Templar run things on a business level under the king's directors as usual. It is what it is.
Al McDorman August 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Good points. I think the PILOT is a given..Businesses pay up front minimizing the value of ratables down the road and the mayor gets to spend "his" money the way he chooses to. That 's what he does; that's what he will do. The registered mail thing would not work unless the controlled substance was only shipped within NJ due the the Federal Crime of transporting marijuana across state lines, and even within NJ, it would have to be Fedexed or sent UPS since the USPS falls under Federal law..
Tom Maras August 30, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Foxxy, So What, so what! You need to get out of your den (pot?) and see the message all the promos about gambling and drugs is sending to not only the children of this community (those poor kids and their parents are in enough of a quandary about if it is right to cheat on test, when the school teaches you how to do it!) but to everyone else in the state and beyond. As to scary tactics, your liege lord uses them all the time. Remember when Mac scared the township with his story of how the taxpayers would have to build a new $50 Million school, if the evil developers took over the Colonia Country Club! The club is still there, those would can afford it are golfing and Woodbridge taxpayers got to front-end a $7Million purchase of the "development rights". How do you rate that 'ratable' Foxxy? And since you seem to be so close to your liege lord, what is the ratable on the new pot shop? Did Mac do another Pilot Program or would he have been flying too high on that one! As to all the benefits of what Mac and company are bringing into our backyard (the township) like air/ chemical pollution (Hess got a huge fine for air pollution, near some of our schools), contaminated soil another municipality got Mac to take, and yes, our prison, and all that brings to the community, one might think the community should be delighted, right! So why aren't they and why with all those good things either in or coming to Woodbridge, aren't the taxes (muni, school, Fire, etc.) going down?
Tom Maras August 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
To Al McDorman, Like your style and commentary. Of course you know you have Foxxy and the other MacDonkeys chasing their tails with factual insights. In that same vein, let's see what this does to the poor critters. Just how many people in NJ are currently eligible and registered to participate in the medical marijuana program? Enough to support a $2.75 Million +++ investment in a small grow and sell outlet? I don't believe Maui wowie or even Columbian Gold could generate enough cash-flow, given the small, legal consumer base, to make the business venture profitable or even sustainable. so where will the revenues come from? With no disrespect and a wholly lot of empathy toward those who would benefit medically from the product, how will they get to and from the pot shop? Can they drive? If not, who will transport them and who will buy and have possession of the product? How far will the product be transported after it leaves the shop? As to the reason I suggested using the USPS (registered snail mail), it is because the shipper would be restricted to intra- (not inter-) state shipments and the postal service is under Federal jurisdiction and protection. And for all those that have never lost a friend or loved one to drugs, read what is at the following link: http://www.michaelshouse.com/marijuana-addiction/marijuana-addiction-statistics/ and then tell us why the government hasn't made it a legal, readily available commodity.
Will Freedom August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I am glad Woodbridge is allowing this. There are plenty of people out their in pain and suffering that need this nonaddictive drug (unlike many pain meds). But why hire off duty police officers to guard it. Why not create more jobs by hiring a full-time security force? I am not hating on the WPD because they do a great job but they have plenty of extra opportunities for income.
Will Freedom August 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Woodbridge has so many abadoned businesses over the past few years (i.e. quick mart by club at woodbridge, old bally's gym on main st. 6th ave, circuit city, the great indoors where the damn parking lot collapsed, etc. It has a population of about 100,000 with many unemployed and any business that comes in is probably a good thing. The only people who are against this are the reefer madness idiots. There are people out their suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases and marijuanna is the only thing that helps their pain. It is inhuman to deny them help. Nobody can walk into this place ang buy "weed" without a prescription for only a handful of diseases. I voted against the mayor because I was sick of seeing my property taxes skyrocket above the so-called 2% cap but adding businesses might just help.
Will Freedom August 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
TreeFrog is one of the few people that have commented that "Gets It" People your kids can get marijuana anyday they want at school, at the mall or at a friend's house. It is your job as a parent to teach them about drugs and alcohol. Besides the fact that prescription drugs are way more of a problem in this country than illegal drugs.
Will Freedom August 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
If it was legalized and taxed we could get our nation out of debt within a few years and stop having to borrow from China but the extremist out there would rather speak be owned by China then allow people to get high. But it is perfectly ok to drink alcohol in excess which by the way leads to more deaths than any other drug on the planet.
slyfox1961 August 30, 2012 at 06:40 PM
@maras: are you serious? You site a for profit marajuana rehabilitation company as a sourse of information for addiction statistics? Most of the people in the statistics they use are minors who were placed into the program by court order. You know, enter a drug rehab program and some probation. The facts are that alcohol is far more destructive and dangerous than pot. And what difference does that make? The clinic is for the benefit of sick people who need the weed to alleviate the effects of terminal illnesses, not the recreational pot smoker.
Tom Maras August 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
@slyfox 1961 (talk about misnomers) you and Willie Freedom ( or Freeloader, whatever) are nothing more than disguised MacHacks. End of story and any rebuttal!
Zach Superior August 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
It's just really sad that people in my township are this uneducated about a plant. I'm born and raised in Woodbridge and I'll tell you this much: if you're under the age of 40, chances are, you've smoked pot at least once. If you're under the age of 21, it is infinitely easier to buy pot without any risk than it is to try and pick up a six pack of beer. The main dissent here seems to be the "not in my town!" argument. I hate to break it to the baby boomer middle-aged overprotective parents and guys who grew up during the 60s hating hippies, but pot is everywhere. Literally, everywhere. It's in your town, your town, your town, our town. But so is fast food, cigarettes, liquor and automobiles; except all of those can kill you and you can purchase them pretty much whenever you please. The reason you should be behind a dispensary in Woodbridge is because it's not a symbol for crime, violence or derelicts. Instead, it's a symbol for looking towards a future where we can overcome ignorance and realize that we're wasting everyones' time and money fighting a "war" on a plant with no army. What's most surprising is that the majority of people who are so outspoken against this issue are the same people who tell the government to keep its hands out of their business. I am not trying to be inflammatory and wish we could have discourse and education about the topic, but it's easier for people to remain steadfast in their ignorance—it's much harder to admit that you've learned.
ashley August 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Tom get a life! Uptight people. If u dont like the idea to bad get over it your not the ones that need it be happy for the people that can use this as treatments, with that being said shut the hell up no one wants to hear complaints because it aint for u
ashley August 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Woodbridge resident (port reading)
Tamara Winfrey August 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I'm finding the anti-Semitism here to be much more of a problem.
Wall NJ August 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I am a qualified patient. And I see both sides of this story as having legitimate questions,concerns, and opinions. I believe all people are good, but are labeled as bad people for bad decisions based on ignorance or selfish thoughts. Hopefully I have reamined a neutral party in this debate and will not be attacked or ridiculed for my opinion. I am for this program as a means to help those who might need it. I say might because those who do qualify and do exercise their right might find it does not help them. I have Crohn's. Disease and would benefit at times to ingest or smoke it, but not all the time. It will alleviation the pain at times, but if I am not having a flare up, it can actually cause harm and bring about more pain. So appropriate usage and dosage is a must when using this drug or any other drug. If your recovering from surgery and need pain mess then you take them. But if your not in pain and your taking those mess then your just doing harm to yourself and possibly those around you.
Tom Maras August 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
@Zach SUPERIOR. The Feds have it wrong, the medical establishment has it wrong, those of us you have seen what "pot' can do to people have it wrong, but you, Mac and the other pot promoters have it right. Do you really believe "everyone is doing it' is a credible argument? That's like saying if everyone cheats on the test, it is okay! If you do, you may be "one toke over the line"! But, seriously, please tell us, did Mac hire you directly or through 20 Lemons!
Zach Superior August 31, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Tom, I am saying that a dispensary is not going to increase the ease at which someone can get pot more so than they already can. Superior is my last name, not some slight on your intelligence. Every time you disagree with someone, you can't just say "you must work for Mac!!1" If you'd like proof, view my resume at http://www.zachsuperior.com/resume/ Full transparency. Yes, the Fed has it wrong in how it handles the classification and prohibition of marijuana, the medical establishment has shown many times that marijuana is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol and anecdotal evidence of how "pot ruined someone's life" is little more than that. I am not saying everyone should smoke pot and it's completely harmless. Ingesting any form of burning carbon is bad for you. Doing any activity so often it interferes with your life is harmful. I welcome any actual conversation or debate, but screaming that people must be insiders working for the mayor is just plain idiotic.
Tom Maras September 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
@Zach Superior. Thank you for the clarification on your name. Really, I did think it was a nom de plume, albeit, given your writing skills, one that is apropos. Your resume is most interesting and impressive. It also confirms why I felt Mac had hired a pro to do some prose. That is a compliment on your skill. It is reassuring to know you are speaking on your own behalf. Going back to the real purpose of this discourse, marijuana, I just cannot buy into your argument. Marijuana is a mind altering drug (yeah, so is alcohol, but that is not the topic), it is addictive and has been shown to lead users into other drugs. Having work with professionals in the field of therapy and rehabilitation and with those in rehab, I know the devastation that weed came wreak. A loved one, who died from drugs, always told me it was 'pot' that lead to the road of their destruction. A "pothole" filled road which lead to many weight and substance abuse problems, before their demise at a young age. If there is an upside to marijuana, it lies in its medical application and the relief it can bring to those who are suffering. In that connection, I fully support its (marijuana) prescription controlled distribution. But putting a marijuana growing and distribution centers in communities is asinine. Get the product to the sufferers, do not make them have to travel a distance to the source! Have you even written for Moveon.org?
Tom Maras September 03, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Marijuana Wars @Zach and other proponents of having marijuana grown and distributed in communities, like Woodbridge, suggest you watch : http://current.com/shows/vanguard/93412498_marijuana-wars-part-1.htm then watch part 2. After seeing part 1, or parts 1 and 2, please tell us again why government should keep its hands out of business!
Wilson November 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
This is a great for much needed jobs in Woodbridge, to help those suffering and to get away from the old misunderstanding that Marijuana is bad. People need to educate themselves on the benefits of Cannabis and understand the many benefits of the plant. I'm a gym rat and I use Hemp for it's great protein source, fiber and high omega fatty contain. I'm also aware of the many benefits that it's cousin Marijuana can offer to those suffering of severe illness. Of course it can be use for recreational purpose as well -as alcohol is it can be regulated as well. Speaking of alcohol let's not forget alcohol doesn't have any benefits and yet it's legal. On the other hand, hemp can be use for many different needs such as; fuel, clothing, food, etc. We as a society need to be more mindful and not mind full.
Tom Maras November 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Follow the money trial and you may find why McCormac and company keep promoting this "Retail Store"! Does anyone not on a Rocky Mountain High really believe Mac's interests in this operation are totally humanitarian!
Twobraincells Left February 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I just hope that all of you people that are protesting this marijuana facility don't get some disease like cancer, and need marijuana to help you cope with it; because you will then be hypocrites because you will go to the facility for YOUR help. It's easy to say "NO" to something you don't need. However, if you become one of those people that are in "NEED" , then it's "O.K.". Right???
Tom Maras February 27, 2013 at 04:26 PM
If it is such a great medical benefit to those suffering, why isn't it being dispense from pharmacies, and why is the State going to tax it? Do some research on the downside of the "product" and then say the benefits outweigh those downsides. As sure as oxycodone has been over prescribed and has created a huge illegal market for it, the Pot Shops will do the same! And do you really think the five hundred or so registered user to date (they had to pay to register) of the product will spend enough to cover the $Millions it costs to open just one of the "outlets", let alone run it. With four outlets approved in this state, so far, that really cuts into each shops customer base. Right! Do some more research and see if you can determine why McCormac and which of his buddies are bringing the "Retail" outlet to Woodbridge. For humanitarian reasons? It is a Pandora's Box that shouldn't be opened in this township or any other. Let's hope the Fed's kill it before it grows!


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