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Johnson Statement on New Alternative Treatment Centers

“New ATCs Must Provide Opportunities for Women, Minority, Veteran Business Owners”

(TRENTON) – In response New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Shareef Elnahal’s testimony during yesterday’s Assembly Budget Committee regarding the expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program with the addition of six new Alternative Treatment Centers, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

“The expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program is a good thing because more patients will have access to the supply that helps ease the pain they suffer every day.

“Because the new centers will be involved in segmented markets of growing, cultivating, processing and dispensing medical marijuana, I am confident there will be great economic opportunities for women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses. The new ATCs must provide opportunities for these important segments of our society.

“I’m encouraged that the Health commissioner also feels diversity is vital in this growing industry.”