Long-delayed medical marijuana dispensary finally opens in NJ's most populated region

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The sixth and final medical marijuana dispensary allowed by New Jersey’s initial law opened its doors in Secaucus on Monday, at long last giving the state’s most densely populated region a second dispensary.

Harmony Foundation, which has been growing cannabis since October, received the go-ahead from the state Department of Health to begin selling to patients on Monday after years of delays.

“The Murphy Administration is committed to making New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program more consumer-friendly and responsive to all patients,” Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. “The availability of this new ATC will provide residents in the northern part of the state better access to products they need to treat their conditions.”

Leslie Hoffman, communications director of Harmony, said the dispensary opened at 10 a.m. Monday and will be open seven days a week. She said the dispensary alerted more than 1,000 people who had signed up to find out when it would open.

New Jersey’s medical marijuana law called for two dispensaries each in the north, central and southern regions of the state. Harmony joins dispensaries in Montclair, Woodbridge, Cranbury, Egg Harbor Township and Bellmawr.

NJ Advance Media reporters took a tour of Harmony’s cultivation facility earlier this year, and Harmony CEO Shaya Brodchandel said the dispensary was just waiting for final approval from the Health Department before it could start selling to patients.

But the state said the holdup was because Harmony hadn’t proved it was ready to start selling marijuana. Assistant Health Commissioner Jeff Brown said the department sent a checklist to Harmony detailing what needed to be done before the dispensary could open. Brown said that once those items

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