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July 25, 2019

The number of enrollees in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program has tripled since Gov. Phil Murphy took office; the current total stands at 51,000. At the same time, the number of participating physicians has doubled to 1,000.

The top five medical conditions among patients who have qualified for the program are chronic pain due to musculoskeletal disorders (28.9 percent), anxiety (23.8 percent), intractable skeletal spasticity (15.3 percent), PTSD (7.9 percent), and severe or chronic pain due to cancer or HIV (5.6 percent). Program reforms also allow patients to get treatment for opioid-use disorder in concert with medication-assisted treatment.

The Department of Health is currently seeking new applicants to operate up to 24 additional alternative treatment centers (ATCs): up to eight in the northern region of the state, up to eight in the central region, up to seven in the southern region, and one “at-large” to be determined during the award process.

Three types of permits/endorsements will be available for ATCs: cultivating, dispensing, and vertically integrated.

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