Deborah L. Madaio (born March 2, 1964) is the owner and founder of The Weedstalk located in Somerset NJ. She is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. She dropped out of High School in 1981 and at the age of 16 years after having spinal surgery for scoliosis which consisted of a fusion and rodding from T12-L4, set out on her own after completing and receiving her High School Equivalency Diploma. During this time she was a daily marijuana user, she knows marijuana saved her from much harder drugs such as heroin.
She worked menial jobs and while employed at a motorcycle repair shop in Morristown NJ, Debi decided to get a FT job at long term care center as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and this is where she met the LPN who would introduce her to the field of nursing. Debi enrolled and graduated from Morris County Vocational School in 1987 and started her career as an LPN at what was then Morristown Memorial Hospital. After a year she returned to obtain her RN through Raritan Valley Community College's Bridge Program, completing the 2 year degree in a year. She continues to work at Morristown Memorial Hospital on the Surgical Orthopedic floor as well the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she became certified in Pediatric Oncology.
She gave birth to her oldest daughter in 1990, and her youngest daughter in 1992. She stopped smoking marijuana when she found out she was pregnant with her oldest daughter.
She left MMH in 1997 and obtained a multitude of experience in various fields of nursing. She was most passionate about Infusion, Oncology and Pediatrics. In 2009 Debi was employed as the Long Term Care Unit Assistant Nurse Manager at Children's Specialized Hospital, and this is where she met her adopted son and youngest child, Aiden. Aiden, a micro-preemie, was born at just 24 weeks gestation and suffers from a multitude of disabilities including a grade 4 bleed in his head, global developmental delays, autism, chronic lung disease, gastronomy tube feeding dependence, incontinence of bowel and bladder, spastic quadriplegia, and a severe seizure disorder. The adoption of her young son led to a meeting with Jenni and Jackson Stormes, and her advocating for the safe accessibility and use of marijuana for all within the state of NJ was reignited. She attended the 1st Annual Cannabis Conference in Trenton NJ which was and event put together by Stormes for legalization. Additionally, this is the event where she was first introduced to her former business partner, Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion.
She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing (RN BSN) as well as an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and is currently enrolled in a graduate FNP program.
Debi is a single mother of 3 children her youngest a special needs child she adopted at the age of 3 years. She is also a card carrying NJMMP.
She continues to work FT as a Pediatric and Oncology Infusion Nurse. She also founded, co-owned and operated NJWeedman's Joint and The Stash Spot in Trenton NJ. She is the sole proprietor of The Weedstalk brand, and recently opened the first female-owned dispensary in the state of New Jersey called "The Weedstalk".
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