Medical marijuana dispensary not coming to Verona –


NJ Health Commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal speaks at Hackensack University Medical Center about medical marijuana. Wednesday, July 11, 2018

VERONA — After a long impasse, the township and a medical marijuana dispensary have ended negotiations, meaning there will be no dispensary on Pompton Avenue.

GTI New Jersey reached out to the township in February seeking support for a dispensary in the former Chase Bank at 30 Pompton Avenue.

GTI New Jersey, also known as Green Thumb Industries, was the first of only six companies to be approved by the New Jersey Department of Health to operate “alternative treatment centers,” Paul Josephson, GTI New Jersey’s lawyer, said at a presentation in May. Its first dispensary was opened in Paterson in December 2019.

Devra Karlebach, CEO of GTI New Jersey, said GTI operates in 12 states, mostly in the Northeast, and has never had a compliance violation with any of the licenses that it owns.

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has grown in the 10 years since the law was enacted to allow them, and dispensaries have struggled to keep up with demand. There are more than 70,000 medical marijuana patients in New Jersey with 2,700 caregivers and 1,100 doctors participating in the program, according to Department of Health statistics. 

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In order to proceed with a proposal, the state requires companies to receive support for a municipality as the first step.

The Essex County town began negotiations with GTI to see if they could reach agreement on

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