New medical marijuana dispensary says it will open in N.J. this fall –

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A new medical marijuana dispensary says it has gotten closer to finishing its facility and will open to patients later this year.
TerrAscend announced Tuesday it has begun growing plants in its 37,000 square-foot greenhouse. The first harvest should be ready during the fourth quarter of the year, and will be sold at a dispensary planned to open in Phillipsburg toward the end of the year, the company said.
New Jerseys more than 80,000 medical marijuana patients have long awaited the programs expansion. With just 11 dispensaries currently operating, many complain of product shortages, high prices and long waits.
The alternative treatment center received its license to operate in New Jersey in late 2018, along with five other applicants. Three have opened, but three others, including TerrAscend, have yet to begin serving patients.
The company said it will continue construction this fall to expand the capacity to 140,000 square feet.
This is an important milestone as we continue to expand our operations to meet growing patient demand for high-quality, medical products in New Jersey, Jason Ackerman, TerrAscends executive chairman, said in a statement. Were exceptionally proud of the teams efforts and look forward to accelerating our growth as the facility ramps up to full capacity.
TerrAscend began temporary cultivation in January while building its greenhouse, the statement said. It will now transfer those plants and expand its capacity.
Ahead of growing cannabis, the Boonton facility has harvested fruits and vegetables on one acre of its land and donated them. They have donated 20 bushels of food to Loaves & Fishes in Boonton, according to TerrAscend.
The company plans to open two satellite dispensaries. So far, only two of the states original medical marijuana operators, Compassionate Care Foundation and Garden State Dispensary, have opened satellite locations.
Other dispensaries have begun to offer home delivery to patients. A spokeswoman for TerrAscend said the service has not come up yet in talks about opening.
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