TRENTON – New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering cannabis to patients in the spring of 2015.
The Health Department issued the permit to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township on Friday.
“Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center is the second ATC in the central region of the state to receive a permit to grow medicinal marijuana,” Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said. “Today’s action demonstrates the department’s ongoing commitment to provide greater access to medicinal marijuana for qualifying patients.”
Once a permit to grow has been issued, Breakwater estimates it will take approximately six months to cultivate and prepare the medicinal marijuana for distribution. Once the product has been tested by the state laboratory and the dispensary is operational and inspected by the Medicinal Marijuana Program, a second permit will be issued to operate and dispense as an ATC. Once Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center is permitted as an ATC, patients will be notified by email of the opening date and the procedure for registering with the ATC. Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center has indicated it expects to open in the spring of 2015.
New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago and since then two others have joined.
The Medicinal Marijuana Program has three Alternative Treatment Centers open and dispensing: Greenleaf Compassion Center of Montclair, Compassionate Care Foundation of Egg Harbor and Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge. Patients can choose any ATC regardless of where they live. Changing ATCs does not require a new identification card. There is no cost to change ATC registration, but patients can only register with one ATC at a time. Approximately 3,400 patients are registered with the Medicinal Marijuana Program. The 364 physicians enrolled in the program are listed by county and medical specialty.
A complete list of physicians participating in the program can be found at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/medicalmarijuana/find_phy_pat.shtml.
Additional information about the program, including contact information for the ATCs, is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/medicalmarijuana/index.shtml. The Medicinal Marijuana Program customer service number is 609-292-0424.
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