4/28/20 By DAN ULLOA
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) issued its latest permit for an ATC to grow medical marijuana to Justice Grown in Ewing.
To issue the permit, they reviewed the site several times to examine their security and ability to cultivate along with completing background checks on their executives.
“As our program continues to grow, the Department wants to ensure that we also continue to increase access for all patients,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “This new permit brings the total number of operational medical marijuana cultivation sites in the state to 12.”
Justice Grown broke ground on its indoor cultivation facility in Ewing Township in late 2019. Upon completion, it will contain 34,000 square feet for growing within its 75,000 square feet. The location will also contain their extraction lab.
“It is our mission to bring affordable, top-shelf medical cannabis with a wide range of Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, and CBD strains to the patients of New Jersey,” said CEO Darin Carpenter.
Their dispensary will be at 1761 North Olden Avenue in Ewing, NJ, with two satellite dispensaries afterwards.
“We are very excited to bring comfort and relief to the patients, as well as employment opportunities to residents, in Mercer County and the surrounding area,” said Todd Johnson, Executive Vice President & Head of New Jersey Operations for Justice Grown.
Once Justice Grown receives its permit to dispense, the NJDOH will alert patients and caregivers by email of its opening. It usually takes 90 days for plants to grow and be harvested. Thus, it is likely to open in August. Given the pandemic, it might be delayed.
It was one of the ATC licenses issued in 2018.
As their name suggests, they are more social justice-minded than the average dispensary. On Justice Grown’s it says “Our initiatives include assisting with the expungement and sealing of records, rebuilding impacted communities, providing veterans with safe alternatives for healing, and aiding those affected by the opioid crisis.”
The company was founded by prominent civil rights attorneys in so those ideas are naturally baked into our ethos. Last fall, Justice Grown helped over 60 individuals starting a new phase of life with a clean record. They also work with different veterans’ organizations.
“We will implement ways to give back to the community, whether that’s to veterans or the disenfranchised,” said Michael S. Pizzo, Director of Content & Creative Services regarding their future charitable work in New Jersey.
Along with New Jersey, they hold medical marijuana licenses in California, Illinois, Utah, Massachusetts, and Missouri. They currently operate two medical dispensaries in Pennsylvania.
Justice Grown will be NJ’s Twelfth Growing Facility
Justice Grown was the last Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) to receive a cultivation permit among those awarded in December 2018. Earlier this year, the NJDOH issued cultivation permits to Verano in Readington, MPX NJ in Pleasantville, TerrAscend in Boonton Township, and Columbia Care NJ in Vineland.
There are nine ATCs currently dispensing medical marijuana:
- Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, growing in Franklin
- Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge
- Garden State Dispensary in Union Twp
- Breakwater ATC in Cranbury
- Curaleaf in Bellmawr
- Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus
- GTI’s Rise in Paterson
- Compassionate Care Foundation (CCF) in Egg Harbor
- CCF in Atlantic City
Five other dispensaries have been issued growing permits including Justice Grown:
- Columbia Care will grow and operate in Vineland
- Terr Ascend will dispense in Phillipsburg, now growing in Boonton
- Verano will dispense in Elizabeth, now growing in Readington,
- Be by MPX/iAnthus will dispense in AC, growing in Pleasantville
- Justice Grown in Ewing
That will make 14 dispensaries and 12 growing sites since GSD in Union Twp is supplied by GSD Woodbridge and CCF in Atlantic City is supplied by CCF in Egg Harbor.
The last dispensary to open was Compassionate Care Foundation’s “The Botanist” in Atlantic City in February.
According to the NJDOH, there are now 75,468 patients, 2,949 licensed caregivers, and 1,149 doctors in the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program.