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Pot Shop Not a Done Deal

The medical marijuana dispensary, slated to be open in Woodbridge, still faces hurdles before it comes to fruition.


Mayor John McCormac may be within months to Woodbridge, but there are still a few steps before that becomes a reality.

The former , which closed last year, is on Route 1, which is a redevelopment zone. An official in the town's planning department said that the project has to come before the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency, and then the Planning Board, before it's approved. 

Route 1 in Woodbridge is a redevelopment zone, the offical explained.

The various hearings the project must go through will give township residents an opportunity to weigh in on siting the marijuana warehouse within town limits.

"It has to come before different agencies to be approved," the official said.

Time's a-wasting, though; McCormac said earlier this week that the warehouse could be open in as little as four months.

The medical marijuana store, operated by Compassionate Care Centers of New Jersey, is one of just six such sites licensed to operate by the state in dispensing the plant to patients with illness that qualify for the prescription.

Approximately 100 patients have signed up with the NJ Dept. of Health's and paid the $200 fee for the opportunity to legally buy marijuana.

McCormac said that he knew about the controverisal project for over a year, yet he didn't share that information with members of the town council. 

McCormac's office didn't return repeated phone calls for this article.

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John Ulman August 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
This is the worst thing for our young people and older. So people can have a short smoke and get a buzz. But others have to take more to get the buzz. It results in causing some to try it again and the more you use it you are hooked. Than it dosen't get you high enough and you try some thing stronger. Than you are hooked. We have enoughb problems with alcohol and whiskey today.
John Ulman August 29, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Please contact your government and them you dislike the pot store.
Brooke Smith August 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
To Deborah Bell the author of this article, please keep this story going most residents of Woodbridge have no idea this is even going on, let's get the word out. Also if you hear anything about a town meeting please advise us. Thank you!
So Much to Say August 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Keep all eyes on Mac. I don't trust him VOTERS WAKE UP!!!!
David August 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM
John, New Jersey's medical marijuana program is quite strict. The individuals utilizing this facility will be people with severe medical conditions, like multiple sclerosis. A person simply cannot walk into this place, and buy marijuana. Furthermore, I seriously doubt that anyone is going to become an addict because of a medical marijuana center.
Dan Medler August 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Get real ,pot has been around and used since the beginning,Guess the opposition knows what's good for all. afterall cigars ,ciggrettes and booze is good because it's legal.lighten up, will save and make billions of dollars every year.
slyfox1961 August 30, 2012 at 06:10 PM
@DanMedler: give them a break. They are 117 years old and were traumatized as youths by the "documentary" Reefer Madness. They think it is for real. Unfortunately, medicinal marajuana will probably not become a reality in NJ, and the folks that really need it for legitimate purposes will have to continue to buy it on the black market. Ironically, it is much easier to buy pot on the black market. These 117 year olds do not realize this, they think that no one smokes pot until a clinic comes to town. Have you read some of the posts? They think the kids will be cutting school and leaving the playgrounds to go to the clinic to buy pot. Scary that we let these people vote.
Bill Brandenburg August 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
It's legal, it's jobs, and some seriously ill people need it to make their life a little more tolerable. I support it 100%. Kudos to the mayor and shame on anyone who would deny seriously ill people some relief.
John Ulman August 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If the store can keep the drug for there use only. It is not totally find that grass is helpful for everyone . I trust my Doctor and if he said it go to use than I would get. I think you could get it through your drug store who have control of the drugs. While a store where people can cheat to get it.
gam August 31, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I agree 100%. Ignorance is dangerous....please people educate yourself regarding this issue. This would be prescribed by a doctor, not a walk in buy a joint convenience store!
gam August 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Oh and to John Ulman...this "treatment" was suggested to someone in my family by their doctor, a specialist in his field. It is a disgrace that someone might have to risk arrest in their desperate attempt to offer some pain relief to someone they love.
John Ulman August 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I understand your point, I have been sick with cancer for 33 years and I and having problems for the last 4 years it force me to retire. I understand I don't understand a Doctor tell your friend to us pot if he didn't have a way to get legal. I think you can get it from store in Calf. On the web
John Ulman August 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM
If it's controlled so not any person can buy it, that great
John Ulman September 02, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Kids can get by almost any legal laws and buy the drug. No I don't think a kid can get addicted. But if may cause them to try stronger drugs. I have used grass in Veitnam and when I came home I tried something stronger. I never used either again.

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