A second medical marijuana dispensary has opened in New Jersey. Compassionate Care Foundation had its official opening in Egg Harbor Township Monday. Prior to Compassionate Care, Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair was the sole provider of marijuana for the state’s 1,300 registered patients.
New Jersey’s fledgling medical marijuana program has been the subject of scrutiny since Governor Christie agreed to sign the bill into law. A recent investigation revealed the state’s program as the most expensive in the country.
Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough explained that, while “other mayors and councils didn’t want [a dispensary] in their towns … we approved it because it’s the right thing to do.”
Although McCullough explained that police would be stationed at the new dispensary for the first three days, he doesn’t believe medical marijuana will be a threat to the community.
“If you think about it, if you live next to a pharmacy … we’re talking about serious narcotics without the same level of security. I feel very confident that this will be professionally run.”
Only approved patients and staff are allowed inside and all patients must have an appointment to be seen – walk-ins are not allowed. In addition to the police presence, armed security guards will be stationed inside the facility.
All medicine provided to patients by Compassionate Care will be grown inside the dispensary.
Compassionate Care received a $357,000 loan from New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority in September.