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The New Jersey Department of Health announced Friday that the six Alternative Treatment Centers can list medical marijuana prices on their websites and social media accounts.
“Medical marijuana patients should benefit from online price information just as shoppers do when they buy a car, a plane ticket or any other consumer goods,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “We hope that ATCs take this opportunity to communicate this information to patients. This is part of our ongoing effort to make the Medicinal Marijuana Program more consumer-friendly for patients and caregivers and less restrictive to ATCs.”
As of Sunday morning, Oct. 14, Curaleaf in Bellmawr and Breakwater in Cranbury have prices posted on their websites.
Leslie Hoffman of Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus said they will also be posting prices, adding that providing the information makes for more efficient and easier interactions with patients.
Aaron Epstein, general manager of Garden State Dispensary, said the Woodbridge-based facility will probably do so as well. Reached on Friday, Epstein said he had just received the notice from the Department of Health and needed to discuss it with his board.
“We’re excited to see that there’s more transparent laws regarding advertising,” he added.
Each ATC can decide what, if any, price information to post on their websites.
“Having ATC products and pricing online makes sense because that is where the vast majority of people get their information these days,” Jeff Brown, the assistant commissioner who oversees the state’s Division of Medicinal Marijuana, said in a statement. “This puts New Jersey’s patients and dispensaries on par with those in nearby states like Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.”