In another sign of the robust interest in New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana program, the state has received 146 applications to run six new retail shops that would sell the drug to the more than 30,000 people authorized to take it for conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain.
Would-be operators of the six new dispensaries — two each in northern, central and southern New Jersey — had until Friday to submit applications to the New Jersey Department of Health.
Even before the deadline, it was clear that dozens of people and ownership groups — including former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer — would be vying for a piece of New Jersey’s medical marijuana market, which has doubled in size since Gov. Phil Murphy took office in January. About 800 people attended a conference in Trenton in August that was required of prospective applicants.
A Democrat who also supports legal weed for people without medical cards, Murphy inherited a medical program with about 15,000 patients and five retail locations for marijuana. [Read more at NorthJersey.com]