N.J. Issues Permit to Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The state Health Department has issued a permit for the second medical marijuana dispensary to begin growing its first crop, according to one of the dispensary owners.

“It’s good news,” said David Knowlton, co-founder of the Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., which will operate from an Egg Harbor facility. “A lot of patients are waiting for this.”

The dispensary’s website said a summer opening is expected. It generally takes about three months for a crop to be grown and prepared for sale. The state Health Department must test it for mold, pesticides and potency before any is sold.

Compassion joins Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, which opened in December and has served about 130 patients. Medical marijuana advocates have complained the Christie administration has taken too long to launch the program. Nearly 1,000 people have registered.

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