The New Jersey Department of Health today announced it has issued a permit to Garden State Dispensary to open a satellite dispensary in Eatontown.
Officials say the Eatontown dispensary is the 12th facility dispensing marijuana for medical use in New Jersey and the first in Monmouth County.
According to heath officials, the Eatontown location is set to open Thursday, September 17.
Monmouth County has 7,341 patients in the program, the 4th largest enrollment by county. Garden State Dispensary currently has two sites in Woodbridge and Union.
“Expanding access to our growing patient population continues to be a high priority especially during these unprecedented times,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.
“The opening of this site will provide residents in the Monmouth County area better access to products they need to treat their conditions.”
The 11 other dispensaries include Greenleaf Compassion Center of Montclair, The Botanist (Compassionate Care Foundation) of Egg Harbor and Atlantic City, Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge and Union Township, Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center of Cranbury, Curaleaf NJ, Inc. in Bellmawr, Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus, Rise in Paterson, Zen Leaf Elizabeth and Columbia Care in Vineland.
Participation in the program continues to grow. There are currently more than 86,000 patients, 3,300 caregivers and 1,200 physicians enrolled.
Patients and caregivers can visit the Division of Medicinal Marijuana's website if they choose to change their preferred alternative treatment center.
The change can also be made by calling the Customer Service Unit of the Division at 844-419-9712 and does not require changing ID cards.
Patients can refer to the FAQ section of the website for additional information. Active physicians enrolled in the program are listed by county and medical specialty.
New Jersey residents interested in registering for medicinal marijuana can click here. Registration requires an authorization by a participating physician.