New Jersey to Greatly Expand Number of Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

TRENTON, NJ — Representatives of the New Jersey State Department of Health announced this week that regulators intend to license up to 108 additional medical cannabis facilities over the coming months. Up to half of the new facilities will operate as dispensaries while others will operate as cultivators and manufacturers.

Prior to this week’s announcement, regulators had capped the total number of available dispensaries in the state to no more than twelve.

The agency acknowledged in a statement, “Due to the growing patient population served by the Medicinal Marijuana Program over the course of the 2018 and 2019, and the projected future expansion outlined in the Department’s Biennial Report, the Department has determined that additional ATCs are necessary to meet the needs of the population of qualified patients.”

Over 47,500 patients are registered to access medical marijuana under the state’s program.

Separate legislation (Assembly Bill 10) to further amend and expand the state’s medical cannabis law is expected to be advanced to the Governor next week.

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