The New Jersey Department of Health today issued a permit to TerrAscend in Boonton Township to begin growing medical marijuana. The permit was issued after a comprehensive review including several site inspections, background checks of its corporate officers and a review of its security operations and cultivation facility.
“The Department is committed to providing greater access to this therapy for patients,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “TerrAscend is the fourth Alternative Treatment Center to receive a permit to grow product in the northern region of the slate.”
After product has been tested by the slate laboratory and the dispensary is operational and inspected by the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP), a second permit will be issued to operate and dispense as an Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC). TerrAscend will operate their dispensary in Phillipsburg.
Once TerrAscend receives its permit to dispense, the MMP will notify the patients and caregivers by email of the opening dale. TerrAscend is the second ATC to receive a cultivation permit among the awards made by the MMP in December 2018. In December 2019, the MMP issued cultivation and dispensing permits to GTI, which opened Rise dispensary in Paterson that same month.
TerrAscend officials hope the dispensary is permitted and able to begin dispensing medical marijuana to registered patients and caregivers in the spring. “We are honored to receive our cultivation permit after meeting the rigorous requirements and operating procedures by NJ DOH,” said Jason Ackerman, Executive Chairman of TerrAscend. “TerrAscend is committed to compliance, quality and safety and we look forward to bringing high-quality, trusted brands from TerrAscend’s portfolio to medical-use patients in New Jersey.”
There are seven Alternative Treatment Centers currently dispensing medical marijuana: Greenleaf Compassion Center of Montclair, Compassionate Care Foundation of Egg Harbor, Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge and Union Township, Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center of Cranbury, Curaleaf NJ, Inc. in Bellmawr, Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus and Rise in Paterson.
Participation in the program continues to grow. There are more than 66,200 patients, 2,500 caregivers and 1,092 physicians participating in the program.
Patients and caregivers can visit nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana if they choose to change their preferred ATC. The change can also be made by calling the Customer Service Unit of the MMP at 609-292-0424 and does not require changing ID cards.
Patients can refer to the FAQ at nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana for additional information.
The 474 active physicians enrolled in the program are listed by county and medical specialty.
New Jersey residents interested in registering for the MMP can visit nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/registration-renewal
For more information, visit our homepage at nj.gov/health.