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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This past week’s rejection of a medical marijuana dispensing facility in Maple Shade has left some to suggest communities asked to play host to one may not want it in their backyard.
For his part, Governor Chris Christie is not about to force them on any community.
Christie was none too thrilled with the law from the get go, but given it was approved before he took office, he has to put it in force. His administration is finalizing regulations that are considered to be the toughest in the country.
Just six licensees statewide, two permitted in South Jersey and the Governor says it’s the licensee’s responsibility to find a place willing to let them set up shop.
“You can count on this. I’m not going to go into a town and tell them they have to do anything in that regard. I don’t think it’s in my role as Governor to do that,” said Christie.
Wednesday’s decision by Maple Shade’s zoning board to turn down Compassionate Science’s bid to open a dispensary along Route 73 is the first such outright rejection of any medical marijuana vendor in the state. But at this point, none of them have a clear opening date set.
The closest guess is sometime next spring.
Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio