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Four of the nine operational medical cannabis companies in New Jersey could soon begin delivering marijuana to patients, finally heeding the calls of patients to ease access to their medicine.
The four companies confirmed to NJ Cannabis Insider that they are seriously developing plans or awaiting approval of their delivery plans from the state Department of Health, which late last month enacted a waiver that allows for the delivery of medical cannabis.
More marijuana plants are finally growing in the Garden State, as one of the six new medicinal dispensaries obtained its permit to grow the plant this week.
The state Department of Health announced that Green Thumb Industries (GTI) in Paterson has passed several site inspections and background checks, as well as reviews of its security operations and cultivation facility.
“We’re very pleased to be the first ones,” said Devra Karlebach, the CEO of GTI New Jersey. “We are very honored and humbled that we were awarded a license initially."
A company seeking to open a marijuana cultivation facility and a dispensary in the city faced opposition from South Paterson residents at a townhall meeting on Wednesday night.
Dozens of people packed the cafeteria at the Board of Education to hear from both municipal and GTI New Jersey officials about the proposed facilities. Majority of the attendees spoke out against having a facility in their neighborhood.
“I’m afraid if my kids grow up in the city, where there is a weed dispensary, they are going to get their hands on it,” said Sanan Ramadan.
When Jamil Taylor, CEO of alternative treatment center licensee Justice Grown New Jersey, set up a medical cannabis facility in Pennsylvania, he would host events called Marijuana Mondays: events where community members could show up and ask any cannabis-related questions that came to mind.
The events attracted all sorts of people, he said, across age groups and areas of concern.
“You get a broad range,” he said.
Devra Karlebach, CEO of GTI New Jersey, understands that winning one of the six Alternative Treatment Center licenses from the Department of Health was actually the easy part.
“Now the real work begins,” says Karlebach of building and opening facilities in Paterson during an interview with NJ Cannabis Media.
The immediate steps are zoning.