Former New York Giants star wants to open a medical marijuana facility in N.J.


Amani Toomer worked for years in East Rutherford as a star wide receiver for the New York Giants, but in retirement he's hoping to work in Fort Lee as a medical marijuana provider.

Toomer and an associate on Thursday night attended a meeting of the Fort Lee Borough Council, during which town leaders officially voiced support for a medical marijuana facility in the borough, according to a story from The Record of North Jersey that was confirmed by Fort Lee Borough Clerk Evelyn Rosario.

Toomer's group is looking to open a medical marijuana business in Fort Lee. The Record reported that Toomer is also involved in medical marijuana businesses in Colorado and Nevada.

The council didn't specifically endorse Toomer's company, just stated its support of a medical marijuana treatment center in the town. In a video posted by the Record, Toomer spoke to the council about why he thinks a dispensary would be a good move for Fort Lee.

"There are 72,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses," Toomer said, referring to a recent estimate made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Toomer also cited research done by a Harvard professor that indicates opioid prescriptions decrease in areas around dispensaries.

"That would be another issue that ... a way it helps you in Fort Lee to have a dispensary," he said.

Toomer's potential entry into New Jersey's medical marijuana industry comes as the state Department of Health has started accepting applications for up to six additional medical marijuana providers. There are currently six treatment centers already operating in the state. The sixth provider opened in nearby Secaucus in June.

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