TRENTON — State officials can restart the process of awarding licenses for two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries, after an appeals court Thursday lifted a 2019 order that halted the process when some rejected applicants objected.
A dozen disqualified applicants saw their appeals rejected. One challenge was upheld and sent back to the Health Department for another review, from ZY Labs of Hillside.
New dispensaries won’t be open any time soon, as it will probably take months for the state to complete its review of nearly 150 qualified applicants and award 24 licenses. Those selected then have to outfit their buildings, in some cases get permission to grow marijuana and have security plans approved.
Expanding medical marijuana
But Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, welcomed the court ruling as beneficial for residents and patients.
“This will be expanding the program greatly and meeting more of the needs of the patients of the state of New Jersey,” Wolski said.
“We should expect to see more alternative treatment centers to go to, less of an effort to get to these alternative treatment centers in terms of driving,” he said. “They should see a greater availability of different strains