800 turn out for N.J. medical marijuana application conference

800 turn out for N.J. medical marijuana application conference

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A medical marijuana package, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township. The facility, which grows and dispenses medical marijuana, has been in operation since late 2013. TRENTON — It’ll be a race to the finish line for potentially hundreds of applicants seeking to secure one of six opportunities to get a piece of New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry. About 800 representatives and interested parties turned out Thursday for the state Department of Health’s required application conference, officials said, where they learned about what it would take to get a license for an alternative treatment center. “I’m certainly humbled by the fact that there’s such a huge outpouring of interest and support,” said Jeff Brown, assistant commissioner of the Health Department’s medical marijuana program. Gov. Phil Murphy announced July 16 that the state is requesting applications for six new dispensaries to add to the existing six operational dispensaries, including Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township. The Health Department received 530 questions about the process in the following weeks. About 25,000 patients and 1,000 caregivers participate in the program, said health officials July 2. Murphy stated 10,000 new patients had signed on since January, many of whom became eligible after the state expanded the program’s list of qualified conditions earlier this year. Thursday’s conference, which was live streamed, was mandatory for anyone interested in applying for a new license and gave more insight into what state officials are looking for in applicants, who must apply by the 5 p.m. deadline on Aug. 31. The Department of Health plans to approve and license two new alternative treatment centers for each region—north, central and south—of the state. Applicants cannot be any existing centers, can be for-profit or nonprofit and they must agree to cultivate, manufacture and produce […]

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