TRENTON – The state Health Department said Thursday that medical marijuana patients can begin registering on Monday with the treatment center that is scheduled to open in Egg Harbor Township next month.
The Compassionate Care Foundation Alternative Treatment Center is slated to open in September, making it the second such center in the state. The Greenleaf Compassion Center opened in Montclair earlier this year.
There were six such alternative treatment centers given the green light by the state, but local zoning opposition and tight regulations about the strains of marijuana available have become roadblocks.
But the state touted the news that patients could begin to register in Egg Harbor as a sign that New Jersey’s program is working as intended.
“Patients will now have more options in terms of locations and types of product, which some patients and caregivers have said they would prefer,” said Commissioner Mary O’Dowd. “One of the strains CCF is growing has a high cannabidiol (CBD) content and is low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).”
The news came after several parents delivered letters to the governor’s office earlier Thursday imploring him to sign pending legislation that would make it easier for minors to have access to medical marijuana.
The Egg Harbor facility received a permit to cultivate in June and the state said today that the facility expects to begin dispensing medical marijuana after mid-September.