The list of qualifying conditions is very short, patients aren’t allowed to grow their own medicine, and the only legal way that they can obtain medical marijuana is by visiting a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Up until recently, there were only four dispensaries for the entire state. A fifth one opened this last week. Per Marijuana Business Daily : \n \n The fifth dispensary in the state opened its doors this morning after getting final approval Wednesday from the New Jersey Department of Health. \nBreakwater Treatment & Wellness – located in southern New Jersey’s Middlesex County – will see patients by appointment only for now. The dispensary plans to grow enough cannabis to eventually serve up to 3,000 patients , an executive told NJ.com. \nIt’s the second permit New Jersey has granted in two months, breaking a logjam in dispensary openings. \nThe sixth and final dispensary, Foundation Harmony in the city of Secaucus, remains in the background-check phase of the licensing process. \n \n It’s great that there is another safe access point in New Jersey, but it’s still a bittersweet thing. I receive a lot of e-mails out of New Jersey from people that desperately need medical marijuana but can’t qualify for the program. I also receive e-mails from existing patients saying that supply shortages, poor quality of medicine, and high prices are something that they have to deal with regularly. The patients of New Jersey deserve a much better medical marijuana program than they have now, but with a Governor like Chris Christie, I don’t expect the program to change anytime soon.