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Medical Marijuana Group To Set Up Shop In South Jersey

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of the half dozen non-profit groups approved for the growth and distribution of medical marijuana wants to set up shop in an empty warehouse in Bellmawr, which came as a surprise to many officials in Bellmawr when the announcement was made earlier this week.

The Princeton-based Compassionate Care Foundation learned Monday, along with everyone else, they had gotten a permit from the state and that they’d be one of two operations in South Jersey.

“You couldn’t go start a zoning process until you knew what region you were in. So we said if we got a southern license, we’d like to be based in Bellmawr,” said Foundation Board Member David Knowlton.

Mayor Frank Filipek was surprised at first but now says he has an open mind to the idea as long as some concerns are addressed. “The treatment thing is completely secure. It has security 24 hours a day and I hope it’s not going to be abused like it is in California.”

New Jersey’s medical marijuana law is considered the strictest in America. Filipek, Knowlton and others are set for a meeting early next month to discuss the plan.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio.

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  1. Leonard Krivitsky says:

    I believe it is a matter for the majority of people to see that the whole cannabis prohibition, the whole DEA “dogma” that “marijuana is a dangerous drug without accepted medical use” be exposed in its anti-scientific, deceptive nature. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks the recognizable “physical withdrawal syndrome” (like opiates, or alcohol, for example); the so-called “gateway drug theory” has been proven to be nonsense by a scientific research, and was even declared “half-baked” by a recent study; drug Marinol, much touted by the DEA, is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis which, as opposed to Marinol, has over 70 active compounds interacting in therapeutic ways. Cannabis decriminalization is followed by a decrease (not an increase) in “teenage use”, as the example of Portugal clearly shows, and (with another major scare-tactic disintegrating), smoking cannabis does not increase one’s risk of lung cancer; combine all this with the violence-suppressing qualities of cannabis use, its propensity to be a “safe alternative” to alcohol/hard drugs, its remarkable medicinal properties, and then see if the DEA “dogmas” have any factual foundation and not just an empty talk that is being enforced by a version of philosophical “radical pragmatism” which basically “allows” its followers to disregard the truth in favor of, let’s say, DEA “dogma”, with such a dogma being constantly “reinforced” by a consciousness of “guilt” and “fear”. “Radical Pragmatism” was at the basis of Illinois patients being denied their medicine, because the DEA intimidated enough “law-makers” with the “non-existing entity” of a “gateway drug theory. The same way, some rogue politicos in Montana are trying to trample the will of Voters of that state by “repealing” the medical marijuana law! So, what we (and I mean, all of us) need to do is spread this scientific knowledge (along with the refutation of “dogma”), so that even for the politicians this becomes a question of either siding with fear and ignorance (which will assure one kind or “legacy”), or with science, progress and compassion, which will bring a totally different “legacy” altogether; I doubt that any of these crooks will enjoy a “legacy” of him remaining silent when the modern-day “storm-troopers” dragged a cancer-afflicted granny to jail for using medicinal cannabis. Let’s not forget to ask our politicians as well as to why they are “crying broke” and yet, at the same time keep financing the so-called “marijuana enforcement” while most of the country wants this rather harmless natural substance decriminalized altogether, and definitely legalized when it comes to its many remarkable medicinal uses.

  2. linda ross says:

    i don’t see what the big deal is with the medical marijuana. people who are sick really need something other the harsh pills prescribed to them which are deadly and dangerous with many serious side effects. medical marijuana could help many with nausea, appetite, chronic pain, glaucoma, etc. the archaic laws that have been made in the past are harsher than murder and/or rape. these laws should be repealed and the medical marijuana should be legalized.

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