US (NJ): Springfield residents strongly criticized proposed MMJ farm

Demand for medical marijuana may be booming in New Jersey and the public has overwhelmingly learned to accept that cannabis can provide real medical benefits for certain patients.

But finding an acceptable location to grow and process the drug may still be tricky, even in rural farming communities.

That reality was plain to see Tuesday night when more than a hundred people packed into Springfield’s small municipal building for a planning board hearing on a proposal to develop a medical marijuana cultivation and processing operation off Juliustown Road.

The opinions from residents who spoke were overwhelmingly against the plans submitted by Bailey Farms LLC and its principal, Moorestown attorney Christopher Baxter, and several of the residents argued that the proposed state-of-the-art greenhouse and processing buildings planned for the site seemed more industrial than agriculture and that the entire operation was a poor fit for the small rural community.


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