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Business owners who had hoped last year to be one of the few authorized for growing, selling and delivering medicinal cannabis are biding their time as state lawmakers debate how to proceed.
“We’re still hoping to be licensed,” said Dr. Ira Trocki, chief operating officer of Relevant 1 LLC. Trocki and his business partner, Dr. Jon Regis, formed their medicinal cannabis company before the state Department of Health’s first round of open applications for new alternative therapy centers in July 2018.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that the state Department of Health received 146 applications from 106 organizations looking to join the state's growing medical marijuana program.
Officials announced July 16 that the state was requesting applications for six new medical marijuana dispensaries to add to the existing six operational ones, including Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township.
South Jersey investors and companies have been working for months to secure growing and dispensing sites, partner organizations, municipal approval, financial resources and more to put forth applications that will be reviewed and scored by state officials.
Those investors include the team of Dr. Ira Trocki, owner of Egg Harbor City Boat Co. and Northfield-based plastic surgeon, and Dr. Jon Regis, CEO and president of Reliance Medical Center.
Hundreds of applicants are seeking to secure one of six opportunities to get a piece of New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry.
About 800 representatives and interested parties turned out Thursday for the state Department of Health’s required application conference, officials said, where they learned what it would take to get a license for an alternative treatment center.
“I’m certainly humbled by the fact that there’s such a huge outpouring of interest and support,” said Jeff Brown, assistant commissioner of the Health Department’s medical marijuana program.
City Council has approved plans for a medical marijuana dispensary to be built at the former site of The Press of Atlantic City.
During the same Monday meeting at which council approved redevelopment of 11 Devins Lane, it passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana throughout the city.
James DiNatale, owner of RGC3 LLC, purchased the old Press building on Devins Lane in December. Superior Grow Lab will operate the medicinal marijuana operation on the site.