New Jersey's newest medical marijuana dispensary is now open for business — in Secaucus


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Dispensary technician Niko Gallina, left, speaks with Richard Kavanagh of Toms River about the strains of cannabis available at the Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus, Monday, June 18, 2018.(Photo: Chris Monroe/Special to

The state’s newest medical marijuana dispensary received a state permit Monday and opened for business in Secaucus.

Harmony Dispensary, a mile from the Secaucus Junction rail station, offers eight strains of marijuana — with names like “Girl Scout Cookies” and “Purple Crack” — with more to come in the months ahead, the company said. The foundation that operates the dispensary was approved to grow the heavily regulated crop in July. 

“Our system of continuous planting and harvesting has already provided an inventory that should help alleviate any bottlenecks or pent-up demand in the state at this time,” said Shaya Brodchandel, the Harmony Foundation’s chief executive officer.  

With more patients registering to purchase marijuana for medical use, and a measure pending in the Legislature to legalize cannabis sales in New Jersey, Brodchandel said he expects demand to increase, and is seeking to expand production. The dispensary is open seven days a week. 

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Business was brisk Monday in the small shop, where two shelves held mason jars of ground flowers and small magnifying jars to show the full buds.

“Bud techs” in black T-shirts described the different strains to the customers, who were buzzed in through a locked door and presented their state-issued medical-marijuana registration cards before being

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