Sales Tax Question Stalls N.J. Medical Marijuana Legalization

Like most of steps in the almost three-year-long struggle to legalize the sale of medical marijuana to chronically and seriously ill patients, the final one has turned into a stumble.

Joe Stevens, a co-founder of the Greenlead Compassion Center, the first licensed alternative treatment site, says the only obstacle in the way of opening its doors in Montclair is the state’s decision on whether to impose a sales tax.

But State Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd insists that isn’t the case.

“As far as the state is concerned, there are no issues preventing Greenleaf from opening,” Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for O’Dowd, said Thursday.

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  1. Bushmaster69 on

    Yeah, collect the tax and bank it, that way when they decide you should be paying taxes you have it. Or just pay it the way any retailer does.

  2. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    New Jersey needs the money. It’s better simply to get the license to collect the sales tax than to have them use the non-collection as an excuse to shut you down later.

    Jersey really needs the money to fund its state pension system for the state police, state workers, school districts, and the general fund for other things such as funding the clean-up and reconstruction from the bitch of a storm Sandy.

    They’ll take your money. It ought to keep the cops and goody two shoes state workers and teachers off your back since you’re helping to fund their pensions.