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New Jersey Medical Cannabis Dispensary Doesn’t Have Enough Customers

new jersey medical marijuanaThe medical cannabis industry in New Jersey has experienced a lot of issues. The industry is limited due to the rules of the medical cannabis program in New Jersey. New Jersey does not allow home cultivation, which really hinders ancillary businesses from starting that you find in most other medical cannabis states.

One would think that the medical cannabis dispensaries in New Jersey would do well considering they are the only legal way to purchase medical cannabis. However, the opportunities to start a medical cannabis dispensary in New Jersey are almost non-existent since there is a strict limit on the number of safe access points allowed there. And even if you are lucky enough to have a license to operate a medical cannabis dispensary, succeeding is hard due to the small customer base. New Jersey’s qualifying conditions to become a patient are some of the worst in the country.

All of this creates a harsh industry to start a medical cannabis business in, and is resulting in at least one dispensary in New Jersey scrambling to find customers. Per NBC Philadelphia:

“When the nonprofit applied for one of six dispensary licenses offered three years ago by the state Department of Health, Compassionate Care projected it would have 5,000 patients upon opening and 10,000 in its second year. “Our cultivation facility has the capability of servicing up to 20,000 patients at two ounces per month,” its bid said. But so far, only 2,200 patients statewide have registered to buy cannabis.”

In order for New Jersey’s medical cannabis industry to succeed, and for all patients to get the relief they need, there needs to be some major changes. New Jersey needs to allow home cultivation. New Jersey also needs to expand the list of qualifying conditions to become a patient. There also needs to be more outlets to purchase medical cannabis from. Or even better – legalize cannabis altogether and allow the industry to flourish. Other states need to look to New Jersey for a prime example of what not to do when they design their programs.

  • Stel1776

    Not surprising since Chris Christie designed this project to fail. It is ridiculously difficult to get legal medical cannabis in NJ, people will just continue to get it from the underground market, further empowering it and its associated crime.

    Don’t let more of our children die because of baseless claims, fear mongering and misunderstanding.

    Sabina Rose was just 15 months old when she died trying to get CBD, a non-psychoactive (does not get you high) component of marijuana that would have likely saved her life. In her home state of New Jersey, her parents were required to go through so many hurdles to get medical marijuana that she died waiting. NJ law requires:

    -first, an opinion from one of 250 doctors registered in the state to recommend medical marijuana

    -second, an opinion from one of only 2 pediatricians

    -third, an opinion from one of only 16 psychiatrists

    If all doctors approve, parents then can apply to the state along with a $200 application fee. The application was being processed when Sabina died from complications due to a seizure on Nov 27, 2013, a day before thanksgiving.

    NJ governor Chris Christie could have eliminated the need for three doctors to approve medical marijuana, but he vetoed that portion of the bill for fear that it would lead to increased recreational use. Lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow registered patients in New Jersey to travel to other medical marijuana states, like Colorado, and bring back the cannabis oil to save their children. Governor Christie blasted that move on Dec 2 saying, “See this is what happens. Every time you sign one expansion, then the advocates will come back and ask for another one. Here’s what the advocates want: they want legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. It will not happen on my watch, ever. I am done expanding the medical marijuana program under any circumstances. So we’re done.”

    I was really hoping for another conservative who finally has enough sense and courage to stand up to his party on issues like legalizing marijuana for adults. Some are so strongly rooted against these personal freedom issues, primarily due to fear and paranoia, that they are literally willing to let people die. I thought Chris Christie could help break the stigma, to see truth through fear, paranoia, and propaganda, though now I have lost hope.

    Urge your legislators to implement a marijuana policy similar to that of alcohol. Please have a look at the marijuana legalization organizations below. Help end this unjust, unfounded, harmful prohibition by joining their mailing lists, signing their petitions and writing your legislators when they call for it.

    MPP – The Marijuana Policy Projecthttp://www.mpp.org/
    DPA – Drug Policy Alliancehttp://www.drugpolicy.org/
    NORML – National Organization to Reform Marijuana Lawshttp://norml.org/
    LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibitionhttp://www.leap.cc/

  • moldy

    NJ’s MMJ is a total failure and a joke thanks to Christie and law enforcement. It’s easier just to be a sick criminal. It took over 2 years to get the “program” going… for what? The fear of being like Cali is just too much for their little minds to handle. Thanks to the federal laws and scare mongering about other states being raided, etc. this is what the results are. Still, the only bodies found are the ones murdered by police.

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