Murphy administration plans to add up to 6 medicinal marijuana dispensaries

Ian Bush
July 16, 2018 - 4:08 pm
Medical marijuana in large jar at a legal marijuana dispensary.

TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — More medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to New Jersey.

The Murphy administration wants to double the number currently in operation, making up to six more licenses available — two each in the southern, central and northern parts of the state.

Applications are due at the end of August. Those chosen to proceed in the permitting process will be announced Nov. 1.

The application fee is $20,000, although $18,000 of that fee will be returned to unsuccessful applicants.

Officials said more than 25,000 patients are participating in the medical marijuana program in the Garden State, which is an increase of 10,000 people since the start of the year.

"We look forward to the opening of six new dispensaries so we can ensure that all qualifying patients who want access to medicinal marijuana can have it,'' said Gov. Phil Murphy in a press release. "Due to the steps that Commissioner [Shereef] Elnahal and I have taken since January, we have seen the addition of 10,000 new patients. Accordingly, we have to expand the number of businesses who are growing product and serving patients."