The Pit Stop convenience store in East Brunswick was selling a variety of cannabis products for months, but local police have intervened.

Utkarsh Makwana was found to be selling cannabis, edibles, concentrates, vape products and hash from his store on Old Stage Road. After a 2-month police investigation, officers raided the store and found $5000 worth of cannabis products, as well as $3000 in cash, $10,000 in related paraphernalia, and one stun gun.

Makwana was arrested on possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone. Two other local individuals, Mohamed Fquihi and Kyle Toson, were found in possession of marijuana in the parking lot of the store.

The state of New Jersey has had a medical marijuana program since 2010. Qualifying patients can receive up to 2 ounces per month from state-licensed dispensaries. Patients and caregivers are not allowed to grow cannabis at home. Governor Chris Christie has been particularly critical of marijuana legalization, calling efforts to do so “beyond stupidity.” At a recent event, Christie equated cannabis legalization to the legalization of legitimately dangerous substances. “Let’s legalize cocaine. Let’s legalize angel dust. Let’s legalize all of it. What’s the difference? Let everybody choose,” he said.

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