State Issues Permit To Grow Medicinal Marijuana To Greenleaf Compassion Center

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STATE — Greenleaf Compassion Center was issued a permit today by the Department of Health and Senior Services to begin growing medicinal marijuana. The permit was issued after a comprehensive review including background checks of Greenleaf’s officers, several site visits by the Medicinal Marijuana Program to its grow facility and Department approval of Greenleaf’s safety and security systems.

A permit to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center, including the additional authority to dispense medicinal marijuana, will be issued to Greenleaf once its Montclair dispensary is operational and has been inspected by the state. In addition, Greenleaf will have to satisfy the Department that it is in compliance with all of the regulations of the Medicinal Marijuana Program.

“The department is committed to ensuring that medicinal marijuana is safely and securely available to patients as quickly as possible,” said Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. “Today’s action authorizes Greenleaf to grow medicinal marijuana—which generally takes 3-4 months—so that once a permit for its dispensary is issued, medicinal marijuana will be available without delay.”

In anticipation of Greenleaf being issued a permit to dispense, the department today made public the names of more than 100 participating physicians on its website. Those doctors were informed that their names would be made public so patients may contact them. Physicians must have a bona fide and ongoing relationship with qualified patients they are recommending for the program.

The physician registry opened in October 2010 and will continue to allow for new physician enrollment. The department is contacting physicians statewide today to notify them that an electronic registry is available if they want to participate.

Physicians can register online at the department’s website by entering both their medical and Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDCs) license numbers. After the physicians’ credentials are verified, doctors will submit names of patients they are recommending for medicinal marijuana for debilitating medical conditions including cancer, MS, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, seizure disorders and Crohn’s disease.

The patient registry is in the final stages of development. Once the patient registry opens in several weeks, physicians will go online and enter the name, address, date of birth and qualifying condition of a patient, creating a secure patient identification number that the patient can then use to register electronically. As part of the registration process, patients will be required to submit a photo by mail to the Department in order to obtain an identification card from the Medicinal Marijuana Program.

“New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program is based on a medical-model which requires physicians and qualified patients to have an ongoing relationship,” said Dr. Arturo Brito, Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services, which includes the Medicinal Marijuana Program. “Physicians will have to monitor patients on medicinal marijuana as part of managing their medical condition.”

The department hired staff to design and run the program and has consulted with other state agencies including Law and Public Safety, Agriculture and Treasury to address cross-cutting issues. A Memorandum of Agreement is also in place with the Attorney General’s Office to conduct background reviews of ATC officers and employees.

To see the list of registered physicians and additional information about New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana program, visit

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1 comment for “State Issues Permit To Grow Medicinal Marijuana To Greenleaf Compassion Center

  1. malcolmkyle
    April 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

    * Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

    * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement – even whole governments, while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

    * Apart from the fact that the DEA is the de facto enforcement wing of the pharmaceutical industry, the involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, and Cocaine from Central America has been well documented by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott, and the late journalist Gary Webb.

    * It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste trillions of dollars in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

    * The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use/addiction rates than most other countries.

    * Prohibition is the “Goose that laid the golden egg” and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of the opium poppy. An estimated 44 % of the heroin produced in Afghanistan, with an estimated annual destination value of US $ 27 Billion, transits through Pakistan. Prohibition has essentially destroyed Pakistan’s legal economy and social fabric. We may be about to witness the planet’s first civil war in a nation with nuclear capabilities. – Kindly Google ‘A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS’ Only those opposed or willing to ignore these facts want things the way they are.

    * The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. – Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

    * Many important advancements in human society (even the reasonable requirement that gynecologists wash their hands before examining a patient) have been vehemently resisted by unconscionable, selfish individuals who were willing to use outright mendacity, specious logic and fear mongering to sacrifice the well-being of the rest of us.

    Never have so many been endangered and impoverished by so few so quickly!

    * The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.

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