NJ’s new medical marijuana dispensaries have been delayed as program keeps growing

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With demand for medical marijuana surging in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy in July called for a doubling of the state’s program, from six dispensaries to as many as 12.

The state Department of Health received 146 applications for those six additional medical marijuana providers. But under that crush of paperwork, the DOH has delayed the selection process, which could push back the opening of the additional medical marijuana dispensaries.

The DOH had expected to select the six winning applicants by Nov. 1, but on Friday the department announced that it would not make that deadline. The state did not say when it expects to announce the winners.

“Additional time is needed to complete a full review of these applications,”

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