- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state Department of Health has given the green light to an alternative treatment center that will become New Jersey’s fourth medical marijuana dispensary when it opens in October.

Health department officials issued the permit after a final inspection was conducted at Compassionate Sciences Inc. in Bellmawr. The approval was announced Monday.

NJ.com reports Compassionate Sciences Inc. has 5,550 registered patients and caregivers. A caregiver is permitted by the state to buy medical marijuana on behalf of patients who are unable to travel.

The southern New Jersey facility was permitted to begin growing marijuana in June.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine signed New Jersey’s medical marijuana legislation in 2010.

Many of the nonprofits selected by the health department to open as dispensaries have struggled to gain local and state approval.

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