US (NJ): "State's budding cannabis market coming up short for medical cannabis patients"

Days after New Jersey opened the market on adult-use cannabis, some dispensaries have needed to make adjustments to manage the high demand between customers and medical cannabis patients.

New Jersey joined 18 other states - plus the District of Columbia - last Thursday when it officially allowed adult-use cannabis sales. Thirty-seven states have allowed for medical cannabis, including Pennsylvania and Delaware.
In the early days of adult-use cannabis in New Jersey, the state is trying to figure out how customers and patients can coexist. This snag comes after medical cannabis patients have noticed long lines and limited supplies.

Some dispensaries have even resulted in setting up a special entrance and reserved parking for medical cannabis patients. But short supply isn't the only thing working against New Jersey budding cannabis market. "If you are a sick person who uses a lot of cannabis to manage your symptoms you are really having a hard time relying on New Jersey’s program in a sustainable way," Lassiter said. "So people like me and lots of patients have come to rely on the black market simply because we cannot afford medical cannabis in New Jersey."

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