Tony Town To Host State's First Marijuana Dispensary

In this photograph taken Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Montclair, N.J., Ben Ali, 66, eats breakfast at a restaurant which is next to a head shop. The opening of New Jersey's first state-authorized medical marijuana dispensary is delayed. The New Jersey Department of Health says that Greenleaf Alternative Treatment Center will not be ready to open for several weeks because it does not have its final certificate of occupancy from Montclair Township. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

It's easy to understand why Montclair will soon have the distinction of becoming the home of New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary.

As Geoff Mulvihill writes in an Associated Press story, Montclair is often called the Upper West Side of New Jersey, referring to the "upscale and liberal part of Manhattan" and also resembles "well-heeled bohemian spots such as Boulder, Colorado and Berkeley, California. 

Montclair, in Essex County, also hosts an art museum, an international film festival, a gay rights headquarters, an abortion clinic, a Whole Foods, bike racks for commuters, and so on, says Mulvihill.  Why not a marijuana dispensary?

The state Department of Health recently gave Greenleaf Compassion Center final approval to begin selling limited potency marijuana to qualified patients whose doctors say they need the drug to ease pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms. 

No news yet on when Greenleaf will open for business.