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.