Freehold Borough council takes first step toward medical marijuana dispensary –

FREEHOLD – Municipal officials in Freehold Borough have advanced the possibility of allowing a medical marijuana treatment center to operate in town following a business operator’s proposal to establish such a facility on Throckmorton Street.

During a special meeting on Aug. 19, members of the Borough Council passed a resolution supporting the expansion of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Marijuana Act, which provides legal protection for the cultivation, processing, dispensing and use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Council members said the resolution was necessary for a marijuana treatment center to be permitted to operate in Freehold Borough. The resolution does not officially approve any medical marijuana treatment center in town.

The document establishes the fact that the council members plan to adopt an ordinance which would permit a treatment center to operate in certain zones. A medical marijuana facility will not officially be permitted in those zones until such an ordinance is adopted.

The council’s action occurred after representatives of Garden State Botanicals unveiled their plan to establish a medical marijuana dispensary at 195 Throckmorton Street, near the intersection with Rhea Street.

During a presentation, pharmacist Pat Nasshorn and Mike Gorman, who handles real estate for the company, spoke about their personal experiences with medical marijuana.

Nasshorn said her husband died four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor that became treatment combative, with chemotherapy stimulating its growth. Following her husband’s death, Nasshorn began to research medical marijuana.

“I absolutely believe medical marijuana is something that helps people out of many conditions,” she said. “I have seen the benefits of it. My husband was extremely agitated during his last two months and I believe medical marijuana would have calmed him down and given him a more peaceful exit.

“This (medical marijuana) is a medical alternative,” Nasshorn continued. “It’s

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