CEO of New Jersey medical marijuana dispensary quits, says industry is struggling

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — The president and CEO of one of New Jersey's three medical marijuana dispensaries has quit.

Bill Thomas tells The Star-Ledger ( ) in an email that he needed to find a paying job after running the nonprofit Compassion Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township without a salary.

The dispensary opened in October and serves about 600 patients.

Medical marijuana has been off to a slow start in New Jersey. It took nearly three years from the time medical marijuana was legalized in 2010 until the first dispensary opened.

There were delays in getting regulation in place and struggles finding communities willing to host the centers. Some people have complained about the state's restrictions of the potency of cannabis that can be sold legally and the short list of qualifying medical conditions.

Information from: The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger,

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