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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