North Jersey medical marijuana center gets state OK to grow crop

    New Jersey patients are another step closer to being able to receive medical marijuana as a treatment for certain debilitating conditions.

    The first center now has a permit to start growing marijuana, and the state has published a list of more than 100 participating doctors.

    Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair in North New Jersey should have product available for patients within three to four months, and patients can now seek out participating physicians online.

    Doctors will then register eligible patients, who will get ID cards to be able to pick up marijuana at the dispensary.

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    Only one of the planned six medical marijuana facilities has gotten started so far. Many communities have been reluctant to host a medical marijuana dispensary.

    That concerns New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd.

    “I would like to see patients’ choice in the alternative treatment center, so I am very hopeful that some of the other alternative treatment centers will be able to get up and running soon as well,” she said.

    A second center at Egg Harbor Township is awaiting its final permits. No locations have been announced for the four other centers.

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