His criminal activity ended at 2:45 pm today, when he walked out of Greenleaf Compassion Center after making his first legal marijuana purchase at the Bloomfield Avenue shop.
Greenleaf, New Jersey’s first alternative treatment center — what the state is calling dispensaries — opened Dec. 6. Registered patients have been seen by appointment only so far.
“This is a joyous day,” said the 40-year-old activist who lobbied lawmakers in Trenton to pass the law permitting marijuana to be sold as medicine.
“This will help me manage the disease that will kill me,” Lassiter said.
He said he spent about $400 to sample the three strains of the drug Greenleaf sells.
A quarter ounce of marijuana is selling for $110, plus sales tax, according to patients. Lassiter is the first patient who was willing to be identified and to discuss his experience.
All told, Lassiter has spent nearly $1,000 in doctor visits, state registry fees and the drug “before I take my first puff.”
“I am more convinced than ever this is a rich man’s remedy,” he added.
The state charges $200 for registration that lasts two years, although people who get Medicaid or are enrolled in other low-income programs pay $20. Greenleaf is also making discounts available based on the patient’s ability to pay.
Lassiter said he appreciated having the opportunity to talk with professionals who know what to recommend people with HIV, and what works better during the day versus nighttime. “It’s legit,” he said.
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