It would be South Jersey's second dispensary, after the anticipated fall opening of a facility where cannabis is growing inside a former casino warehouse in Egg Harbor Township, close to Atlantic City.
"We're so excited," Bogolubov said, adding that the nonprofit spent a lot of time trying to find local officials to agree to approve the business. After having "significant conversations with six towns," he said Bellmawr officials welcomed Compassionate Sciences.
The nonprofit expects to grow enough cannabis to supply 3,000 patients when it is at full capacity, he said.
Currently, about 1,200 patients have registered with the state marijuana program, but he expects that number to grow as more dispensaries open.
While New Jersey's medical marijuana program is three years old, only one dispensary has opened statewide. And the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, which opened in December, has been closed most of the summer.
The state Department of Health has tentatively approved six nonprofits statewide to open dispensaries - two in each geographic part of the state.
Bogolubov said Compassionate Sciences is leasing a 2,000-square-foot office for the dispensary and a 16,000-square-foot warehouse as its cultivation center.
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