So Riverside is the chosen one.
The town’s Planning Board has given the go-ahead for the first medical marijuana dispensary in Burlington County. There appear to be no objections from the community, which is heartening to hear.
Now, ill local residents who are prescribed medical marijuana have to travel outside the county to get it. But that will change if Bailey Farms, proposed by longtime criminal justice attorney Christopher Baxter, opens a dispensary in the former Riverside Savings and Loan building on Scott Street. Along with the Planning Board’s approval, Baxter needs licensing from the New Jersey Department of Health.
The state has only six medical marijuana dispensaries, but not for long. Six more were approved in December. The department is accepting applications for 24 new licenses; at least seven of them will be in South Jersey. The deadline for applications is Aug. 21-22. Burlington City considered a dispensary at one point. That didn’t happen, but interest remains in locating one in the town.