The state adopted a law more than a year ago allowing pot to be sold to patients with certain conditions. But implementation has been delayed as officials crafted rules spelling out how the industry would work.
Monday’s announcement is a major milestone in bringing medical marijuana to the most populous East Coast state to allow it.
Six organizations can receive licenses to grow and distribute cannabis. The state’s rules call for the alternative treatment centers to be set up in northern, central and southern New Jersey.
Several groups that wanted to be considered decided not to apply, saying the proposed state regulations are too onerous.