Burlington County residents who are prescribed medical marijuana may finally be spared from having to travel outside the county to obtain the drug if a Moorestown attorney’s application to run a dispensary is approved.
Christopher Baxter and his new business, Bailey Farms LLC, received approval last month from the Riverside Planning Board to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the former Riverside Savings and Loan building on Scott Street in the center of the downtown business district.
The board’s approval is believed to be the first time a local Planning Board has greenlit an application for a medical marijuana business in the county. However, it is conditional on Baxter receiving the required license from the state Department of Health to operate a dispensary.
The department is currently accepting applications for 24 new licenses for marijuana businesses, including at least seven in the southern part of the state.
Specifically, the department plans to award five licenses for retail dispensaries in the south, one license for cultivation and one so-called “vertical integration” license allowing the business to grow, process and sell the drug.