The business of weed, from the medical marijuana industry to the black market

(Editor’s note: This is part of “The United States of Weed,” a series on the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey, and the potential impact it could have on Staten Island. Click here for additional stories in the project.)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Whether its legal, illegal, medical or recreational, the marijuana industry means business.

As lawmakers debate legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, the players who stand to be impacted — from businesspeople already invested in the medical industry to black market dealers — are keeping a close eye on how things develop. 


Over-the-counter weed in New Jersey could mean stiff competition for black market dealers in both the Garden State and neighboring New York.

A Staten Island dealer, however, scoffed at the idea he’d be put out of business.

“A big company can sit there and grow all the weed they want, but we’re still going to grow,

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