The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) today announced that six businesses have been selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana dispensaries. Two applicants were chosen for the north, central and southern parts of the state, ensuring patients have better access to pain-relieving medicine.
Before receiving approval to grow medical marijuana, the chosen applicants now must pass background checks, provide evidence of a 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 open slots. The department initially said it would announce the six new 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 then DOH chose the top scorers in each region. Some applicants applied for more than one region but the Department only allowed an applicant to be chosen for one region.
The cannabis license recipients are listed as follows:
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, which is 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.
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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