Inside the warehouse of Compassionate Care Foundation near Delilah Road, a 20-foot white shipping container sat to the left of a large, square room made of tarp-like material taking up most of the cavernous space.
While orange light peeked out from the seams of the main grow room, bright white lights illuminated the inside of the smaller container, providing artificial sunlight to 580 cannabis plants that formed two leafy green walls in the super compact vertical cultivation space.
The marijuana growing scene is ripe with opportunities as more states like New Jersey expand their medical programs or consider legalization altogether. To keep up with patient demand, an alternative treatment center searched for accelerated growing techniques to bring to South Jersey.
“You can’t tell a patient that they may have to wait months for what they need,” said Cady Riley, administrative manager at Compassionate Care. “And, yes, there have been times when we haven’t had something in stock and we have to wait for more to grow.”