NJ Picks Locations for Medical Pot

State selects six centers across state to sell medical marijuana

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    BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: Medicinal marijuana user Dave Karp smokes marijuana at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late yesterday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    New Jersey announced its six picks on Monday for treatment centers that can grow and sell medical marijuana.

    The state Department of Health and Senior Services announced that the North Jersey locations are Montclair and Secaucus. In Central Jersey, the winners will locate in Manalapan and New Brunswick.

    In South Jersey, Bellmawr has been chosen and another will be determined, either in Camden County or Burlington.

    The Greenleaf Compassion Center will operate the Montclair location.

    "We have developed a plan whose success would be measured by our ability to provide patients with products that will improve their quality of life," the applicant said, according to the state.

    The announcement comes as legislators and advocates challenge the rules the state devised to run the medical marijuana program.

    They include a limit of 10 percent on the THC content of the marijuana, as well as restrictions on doctors who sign up to participate.

    One senator who was a co-sponsor of the law that passed in January 2010, Sen. Nicholas Scutari, is trying to use a little known section of the state constitution to overturn the Christie Administration rules.

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