New Jersey's second medical marijuana dispensary opens it doors Monday.
The Compassionate Care Foundation facility in Egg Harbor Township received its final permit earlier this month.
The site, in a converted casino warehouse, will begin with 650 patients who have registered through the state. Organizers say more than 200 appointments have already been made.
The Compassionate Care Foundation facility has been allowed to grow cannabis since June. Organizers there say they hope to eventually serve 20,000 with qualifying conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and terminal cancer.
The state has selected six nonprofit groups overall to grow and sell medical marijuana. But the only facility now in operation is one in Montclair, which opened its doors last December.
The four other facilities remain in development.
Organizers say no walk-in patients will be accepted at the Compassionate Care Foundation facility.
State law requires that a doctor must approve a patient for the medical marijuana program. Once they are registered with the state, one of the legal dispensaries will contact the patient to schedule an appointment.
State health officials say nearly 1,400 medical marijuana patients and caregivers are registered with the program, while 242 physicians have signed up to be part of it.