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New Jersey Opens Applications For New Medical Marijuana Licenses

June 03, 2019 - 1:41 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey residents who use medical marijuana may soon find it easier to fill their prescriptions as the state looks to expand the program.

“We’re doing it because it will mean an enormous difference with patients,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.

On Monday, the state Health Department announced that the new applications for growers, manufacturers and sellers will be available on July 1 – creating a total of 108 new businesses.

“Meeting these needs is vital to our ongoing work of ensuring a medical marijuana program, that is more accessible to more patients and which ensures a supply a high quality medicinal cannabis, needed to meet demand and lower prices,” Murphy said.

It will be the first time that the state will issue licenses for growers, processors and retailers. Before new legislation passed earlier this month, medical marijuana dispensaries had to perform all three tasks.

Of the 108 new licenses, New Jersey wants as many as 24 growers, 30 manufactures and 54 retailers. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 15.  

There are currently six medical marijuana businesses in operation in the state.