Workers prepare for opening of medical marijuana dispensary

Workers are preparing for the opening of southern New Jersey’s newest medical marijuana dispensary.

More than 100 patients have selected Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center ahead of the Bellmawr facility’s opening on Monday.

General manager Michael Nelson says the dispensary is prepared to serve 1,800 patients purchasing an ounce. Patients eventually will be able to choose from two dozen medical marijuana strains.

The dispensary’s manager, Gretchen McCarthy, says patients have told her they plan to transfer from one of the three other dispensaries that are now open in the state.

Nearly 5,300 patients have registered with the state’s marijuana program.

Nelson says they have an application pending to produce two topical marijuana products and a cannabis lozenge. If approved, those would be the first non-smokable products available in the state.

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