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VINELAND – A medical marijuana dispensary owned by Columbia Care New Jersey dispensary will open here in early June, according to New Jersey and Columbia Care officials.

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The state Department of Health on Wednesday announced it had issued opening permits for the dispensary. A permit also was issued to another company for a dispensary in Elizabeth, Union County, the department stated.

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Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the new openings are critical for patients, who now have 11 such locations to use around New Jersey. New Jersey has classed medical marijuana access as “essential” under its coronavirus containment strategy.

In a May 14 report to investors, Columbia Care advised that it had completed construction of a 50,000-square foot, indoor growing facility at 1560 North West Boulevard in Vineland. The company was in the process of hiring dispensary workers, too.

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The growing facility is supposed to supply the dispensary at 1062 North Delsea Drive. New Jersey requires that medical marijuana sold in the state also be grown in the state.

However, Columbia Care in May advised its first harvest will not be until July. The health department announcement did not address the apparent mismatch in harvest and sale schedules.

The Elizabeth dispensary, operated by Zen Leaf Elizabeth, is expected to open Friday.

Joe Smith is a N.E. Philly native transplanted to South Jersey more than 30 years ago. He is a former editor and current senior staff writer at The Daily Journal in Vineland. Have a news tip? Reach out at (856) 563-5252 or or follow me on Twitter, @jpsmith-dj. Help support local journalism with a subscription to The Daily Journal.

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