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NJ gets 146 applications for 6 new medical marijuana centers

<p>Gov. Phil Murphy says that New Jersey has received 146 applications for up to six slots for new medical marijuana dispensaries.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 5, 2018, 9:17 PM

Updated 2,117 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says that New Jersey has received 146 applications for up to six slots for new medical marijuana dispensaries.
The governor announced Wednesday that the expansion will "remove barriers" to medical marijuana.
It's the latest development since Murphy announced in July that he was seeking to double the number of dispensaries from six to 12. He also says program participation grew to 30,000 people, up from 15,000 since January, when Murphy was inaugurated.
The expansion will result in two new locations in the northern, central and southern parts of the state.
“Medical marijuana is used to treat chronic and debilitating pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, ALS, side effects of cancer treatment and HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other painful illnesses,” Murphy posted on Twitter. “NJ will not deny people compassionate care.”
New Jersey is also considering legalizing recreational marijuana. Legislation has so far failed to move through the Democrat-led Legislature.
The application period closed Friday. Those chosen to proceed will be announced Nov. 1.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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