This week, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy made several important changes to the state’s medical marijuana program with far-reaching consequences. By making the program accessible to many more patients, he set a flurry of activity in motion.
Existing dispensaries will be gearing up for the explosion of new patients, who, in turn will be besieging their doctors for prescriptions now that their diagnoses are covered by the expanded program.
Dispensaries will be increasing their cultivation and sales functions, hiring more employees to handle the additional business they will see.
Suppliers of other products dispensaries sell can also anticipate new orders to handle increased demand. And let’s not forget the entrepreneurs who were unable to obtain medical marijuana licenses until now because of strict limits imposed under the old program. They are probably dusting off their old applications and getting ready to submit them as soon as the window opens again.
Wait, there’s more – the governor also indicated that more changes to the medical marijuana program still ahead – and all of this is independent of the recreational marijuana program working its way through the assembly.
Bette Davis put it best, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night”.