A tiny N.J. borough becomes a battleground for Big Marijuana and anti-weed forces
In the tiny Gloucester County borough of Clayton, a battle is shaping up between Big Marijuana and organized anti-weed forces divided over whether a $10 million cannabis cultivation and processing facility should be built on vacant land in an industrial park.
Earlier this month officials hastily called a town meeting to discuss Green Thumb Industries’ proposal and to quell rumors that borough lawyer Tim Scaffidi said were stoked by “false and unsubstantiated claims” published by the Clayton Free Press and mailed to the borough’s 8,700 residents. The publication relied heavily upon the remarks of David G. Evans, a special adviser to the Drug-Free America Foundation, a leading opponent of legalized marijuana. Evans was quoted as saying a marijuana operation carries “many proven negative impacts … on your home value, your children’s health and safety, and the environment.”
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