New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Moving Forward as State Begins Registering MMJ Patients
MMJ Business Daily:
New Jersey is moving full speed ahead with medical marijuana! This week, the state began registering qualified patients and caregivers – an important development that shows New Jersey is finally serious about implementing its oft-delayed MMJ program in a timely fashion.
Patients must receive a recommendation for marijuana from one of the 150 doctors approved to participate in the program. Cards cost $200 and must be renewed every two years.
The first dispensary is already growing marijuana and plans to open next month, and a second is gearing up to follow suit later this year. Another four are in various stages of the process but probably won’t launch until next year if they clear all the necessary hurdles.
Ancillary businesses have now formed, providing services to dispensaries and growers and creating a vibrant – yet relatively small – MMJ market
With New Jersey’s program advancing, medical marijuana is gaining a solid foothold on the East Coast.
The first dispensaries in Vermont opened this summer, and cannabis centers are to launch in Washington D.C. and Rhode Island soon as well. Connecticut recently joined the MMJ club, while Massachusetts voters will get the chance to approve the use and distribution of medical marijuana this fall.