The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced six businesses won cannabis licenses to open new medical marijuana dispensaries.
Two applicants were chosen from the north, central, and southern parts of the state. They want to ensure patients have better access to pain-relieving medicine.
Before receiving approval to grow medical marijuana, the chosen applicants must pass background checks, provide evidence of a medical marijuana dispensary location and municipal approval, and comply with all regulations under the Division of Medical Marijuana, including safety and security requirements.
The Health Department, which oversees the medical marijuana program, received 146 applications for the six slots. The department initially said it would announce the six new medical marijuana dispensaries in November. But officials inundated with paperwork had to delay the announcement.
“Six very strong applicants were selected. Including minority-owned and women-owned businesses,” Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said. “We will meet with them early next year to refine their timetable for growing product and opening their doors.”
This was an objective, data-driven selection process. The committee scored the applications and the DOH chose each region’s top scorers. Some applicants applied for more than one region. But the Department only allowed one applicant winner per region.
New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The cannabis license recipients for medical marijuana dispensaries are listed as follows:
North Jersey Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
1. NETA NJ, LLC – Phillipsburg
2. GTI New Jersey, LLC – Paterson
1. Verano NJ LLC – Elizabeth (Dispensary), Rahway (Cultivation Site)
2. Justice Grown – Ewing
1. MPX New Jersey – Atlantic City (Dispensary), Galloway (Cultivation)
2. Columbia Care New Jersey – Vineland
There are now 38,000 patients in the program statewide, an increase of 20,000 since the start of the year. There are now also 860 total physicians participating and 1,530 caregivers, according to the DOH. With these six new medical marijuana dispensaries, there would be at least 12 in New Jersey.
The New Jersey medical cannabis program is growing a great deal. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is giving the program new life. He is determined to expand it. It has not bee going well. Former Republican Governor Chris Christie always hated any mention of marijuana or cannabis. The program he set up was destined to fail. It was too hard to become a patient. Getting a New Jersey medical cannabis license was very hard as well.
Commissioner @ShereefElnahal shares some exciting news!— NJDOH (@NJDeptofHealth) December 17, 2018
Six new businesses have been selected to apply for permits to open new #medicalmarijuana dispensaries in New Jersey.
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