Medical marijuana competition in NJ lowers prices, brings new business vibe

New Jersey’s newest medical marijuana dispensaries have a different vibe – and offer deeper discounts – than the first crop of alternative treatment centers that opened in 2012 and 2013.

Gone are armed security guards at the entrances and rigid prices.

The two dispensaries that launched last fall have a more relaxed atmosphere for patients and offered discounts and specials that knocked the average price of $489 an ounce down to the $300 range, more in line with Western states.

The fresh competition has caused prices to tumble among the state’s five dispensaries.

After opening in a Bellmawr industrial park in Camden County six months ago, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center now appears to be the fastest growing and most innovative.

It boasts the most hours, being open seven days a week and a few evenings, and

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