After three years of political battles, New Jersey’s first medical marijuana facility opened in Montclair.
Patronizing the dispensary was perfectly legal, provided a doctor’s prescription for a list of specified medical conditions was presented, yet the pioneering visitors — it was not clear if they were patients — seemed none too eager to declare themselves, perhaps taken aback by the horde of news reporters there to greet them. One visitor, who would give only a first name, Ed, said he had been in pain since being shocked on the job for an electric company in 2003.
Not for them the whimsicality of the Magical Mystery Tour and other happy drug allusions of the ’60s. The opening was all business, down to the pious name, the Greenleaf Compassion Center. Visits were by appointment only, and a uniformed security guard stood outside the front door at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, checking identifications before letting anyone into the store, which had black glass windows, making it all but impossible to see inside.
The operators of the dispensary did step out for a cigarette break, strictly tobacco.