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HIGHTIMES.COM | New Jersey’s First Pot Dispensary Opens


by Mark Miller Thu, Dec 06, 2012 2:20 pm
Almost three years after medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey, the state's first dispensary – Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair (an Essex County township located in the northeastern section of the state) – opened its doors to provide medicine for its initial three patients at 11 a.m. this morning.
 Greenleaf will only serve 20 patients per day maximum and the shop is appointment only – the Jersey dispensaries are attempting to distinguish themselves from the “retail store” element of pot dispensaries in states like California and Colorado that have drawn criticism from anti-pot pundits.
The New Jersey state legislature legalized medical pot in January 2010 and Governor Chris Christie signed it into law later that month. Since then, Gov Christie and the state's Dept of Health and Senior Services have impeded implementation of a functional dispensary program. Eventually Gov Christie and his administration refined the law to make it one of the strictest in the nation – for example, doctors who recommend cannabis must register with the state, nowhere else in the U.S. is that required of pot physicians. In August 2012 New Jersey patients began registering for the state's Medical Marijuana Program and now there are nearly 400 individuals registered to receive medical pot once the six state-sanctioned “Alternative Treatment Centers” are in operation – though Greenleaf is the only approved dispensary at this time. Greenleaf CEO Joseph Stevens told the AP today “everything's been going great” and he previously informed CBS 2 New York that the medicine would be grown at a separate location, undisclosed for security reasons.
 HIGHTIMES.COM | New Jersey’s First Pot Dispensary Opens.

Justin Timberlake Says He is 'Absolutely' a Pot Smoker

By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture - Tuesday, June 14 2011 CANNABIS CULTURE - JT loves his MJ: Teenie-pop sensation turned rising Hollywood star Justin Timberlake says he is "absolutely" a pot smoker, and that "some people are just better high." In a recent interview with Playboy, the former 'N Sync frontman couldn't have been more upfront: PLAYBOY: You’ve talked openly about using drugs, smoking marijuana. Are you still a pot smoker? TIMBERLAKE: Absolutely. PLAYBOY: Is it a creativity booster? I read you were stoned for much of the time you made Justified. TIMBERLAKE: The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high. It's an interesting interview, and JT seems like a pretty cool guy. Hollywood seems to think so too: JT is playing starring roles in the upcoming Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits and other films. This isn't the first time JT has talked about his herb-smoking habits. I thought he looked baked on that episode of Punk'd! I was starting to wonder if Timberlake had been hot-boxing the studio with the boys from The Lonely Island after seeing these hilarious collabo music videos from Saturday Night Live. I've been getting high and watching these for a month: Dick in a Box Motherlover (feat. Justin Timberlake) [youtube] 3-Way (The Golden Rule) (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga) [youtube] The guys from The Lonely Island - Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – feature Snoop Dogg on the title track of their new album, Turtleneck and Chain, and just told MTV what they learned while hangin with the Doggfather: "Weird thing about Snoop, we found out: Snoop doesn't smoke weed," Taccone said. "Yeah, he doesn't smoke weed," Samberg picked up. "He smokes weeeeeeeed. He smokes weeeeeeeed. He does not smoke weed." Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.