It’s been more than three years since medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey and only one dispensary has opened in the entire state while other clinics have been mired in bureaucratic red tape.
The state health department apologized for the error and said it has taken steps to prevent the error from happening again.
About 20 patients were scheduled to meet with staff Thursday at the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair.
Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair became the first licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the state on Oct. 15.
The Division of Taxation made the decision in keeping with the intent of the original medical marijuana legislation signed by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010, according to State Treasury spokesman Andy Pratt.
Officials said Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Montclair has submitted all the necessary paperwork and cleared all the hurdles to open.
Although medical marijuana use has been legalized by the state of New Jersey, there has not been a high volume of user registration for the program.
It’s been more than two years since the Garden State passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe the drug.
The measure passed the state’s Senate, 21-to-13, after nearly 10 hours of debate. It now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who said in a statement that he plans to sign the bill into law.
It’s the first time state officials have allowed cannabis to be planted and grown since New Jersey’s medical marijuana law passed more than two years ago.
The latest reading on Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s job approval rating comes from the Quinnipiac University poll, where 44 percent of voters approve and 45 percent disapprove.
Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Connecticut say this year’s version of the legislation addresses many of the concerns that have been voiced over the years.
The Compassionate Care Foundation had sued Westampton shortly after the Burlington County town’s Land Development Board voted last month to reject its proposed facility in a vacant warehouse.
New Jersey medical marijuana advocates are decrying the state Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal of a multiple sclerosis patient who was busted for pot possession.
Those who want to see New Jersey’s medical marijuana program finally in place rallied on the steps of the Statehouse today.