New Jersey's busiest marijuana dispensary is now the biggest on the East Coast

The medical marijuana dispensary that opened inside a former T-shirt factory in Bellmawr three years ago has moved into a modern new space across the street and is now the largest retail purveyor of cannabis on the East Coast.


The 6,150 square-foot Curaleaf dispensary opened this month in an industrial park in Camden County, about 10 miles south of Philadelphia. The new facility is designed to handle 1,000 patients a day, said Jordan Isenstadt, a spokesman for PalliaTech, the company that owns Curaleaf.

The dispensary previously was called the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, but the Massachusetts-based Pallia-Tech changed its name to Curaleaf as part of a rebranding, Isenstadt said. Pallia-Tech operates dispensaries and cultivation centers in 11 states across the country and is planning to open a Curaleaf dispensary in Pennsylvania this fall.

(TRACIE VAN AUKEN/ For the Inquirer)

JBELL10.ACDC, one of the specialized strains of marijuana available at Curaleaf in Bellmawr.

In New Jersey, Curaleaf has the distinction of being the busiest among the state’s five medical marijuana dispensaries and it offers the most cannabis strains, according to a report issued by the state Department of Health this week.

The health department said in its annual medical marijuana report that Curaleaf doubled its patient number to 6,358,  dispensed 2,300 pounds of cannabis, completed more than 76,000 transactions and offered 30 strains in 2017.  It served nearly three times as many patients as South Jersey’s other dispensary, the Compassionate Care Foundation, in Atlantic County.

The state’s three other dispensaries also had fewer patients and less business than Curaleaf, with the second most popular facility, Garden State Dispensary, in Woodbridge, trailing by more than 2,000 clients.

Curaleaf is the first of several new dispensary locations that are expected

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