New medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors, becoming 13th in N.J. –

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A new medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors in New Jersey Tuesday morning, becoming the 13th in the state.

The state Department of Health announced it had awarded TerrAscend, a Canadian cannabis company, its permit to dispense marijuana from its Phillipsburg storefront, The Apothecarium.

The dispensary planned to begin serving patients by appointment Tuesday, and to hold a grand opening on Nov. 30. It’s the first of three dispensaries TerrAscend plans to open in North Jersey in 2021, in addition to their growing facility in Boonton Township, according to the company.

“With production at our Boonton cultivation and manufacturing facility scaling up, we have assembled a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality cannabis products and brands to serve this rapidly growing market,” Greg Rochlin, CEO of TerrAscend Northeast, said in a statement.

“As with all of our Apothecarium dispensaries, we are committed to providing patients with quality medical cannabis in a welcoming environment with empathy, education, and ongoing personal support.”

The dispensary will offer flower, oils, pre-rolls, capsules, tinctures and topicals, according to TerrAscend.

TerrAscend received one of six highly competitive licenses to open a medical facility in 2018. But now that New Jersey voters have approved a ballot question to legalize marijuana, the dispensaries also have a shot at selling to a legal marijuana market, which many estimate could include more than 1 million customers.

But lawmakers will first have to work out disagreements and pass legislation that will launch the industry and establish rules and regulations for operating in it.

New Jersey has more than 97,000 patients currently enrolled in its medical marijuana program. They have complained about product shortages and long wait times

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