NEWARK - Newark Mayor Corey Booker says he wants the city to be home to a medicinal marijuana alternative treatment center.

New Jersey was the 14th state to approve medicinal marijuana and only a few treatment centers will be allowed to open. State officials say locations for six centers will be chosen through a competitive process.

Booker says the alternative treatment center would help improve the lives of Newark residents who are suffering from disease.

Officials say that 100 physicians across the state have registered to be part of the medicinal marijuana program. It will be several months before the first dispensary locations are chosen.