The First Medicinal Marijuana Shop Opens for Business in New Jersey

By - Friday, December 7th, 2012

The first medicinal marijuana shop in New Jersey opened its doors Thursday. Greenleaf Compassion Center, located on Bloomfiled Ave. in Montclair, saw their first patient at 10 AM. The shop, opened by longtime friends Joe Stevens and Julio Valentin Jr., is the first to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to operate in the state. There were around 20 patients scheduled to meet with staff to determine which of the three strains available would work best for their conditions. Initially, patients are being limited to a half ounce per visit, to ensure supply reaches everyone. The smokeable form of marijuana is dispensed in resealable bags that are clear on the front and black on the back, with barcodes to monitor sales and inventory, according to co-founder Stevens. Early in the afternoon, Stevens and Valentin addressed the crowds of press that grew over the day. They commented that things were going “better than expected” and they were “excited” and “relieved.” The two explained the security measures put into place, including ID and card checks at the door, then again once inside. Ultimately, New Jersey can expect to see six dispensaries open throughout the state. Opening dates depend on the lengthy permitting process and approvals from local offices. Photo: Mike D’Onofrio

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