By David Madden

Regulations are in place and a new administrator is about to take on the job of monitoring how Medical Marijuana is handled in New Jersey. There is just one problem. Those licensed to grow and dispense it are having a difficult time finding places to do business.

Maple Shade has already said no to one of the two licensees set to operate in South Jersey. The other thought it had found a warehouse in Westampton, Burlington County where zoning rules allowed them. Now they’ll have to justify their application in a public hearing.

Ken Wolski with the Coalition for Medical Marijuana believes community sentiments are being whipped up by what he labels “outrageous” fears that the state could help control.

“Someone from the Department of Health and Senior Services to come and explain to the residents exactly what this facility would look like, how little it would impact their township.”

The department, in an e-mail, cited regulations that put the onus on the licensees to seek local approvals and suggested that “each community is unique”. Governor Chris Christie has made it clear communities will decide where clinics go and not him.

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