NJ approves first medical marijuana dispensary

Published: 8:00 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012   Updated: 7:22 PM EDT Oct 16, 2012

New Jersey's first medical marijuana center has finally received the all-clear.

The state health department has issued a license to the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Montclair, Essex County not far from New York.

The center had been hung up by a series of delays and red tape.

The center won't be able to open immediately but officials say it can start scheduling appointments.

Five other medical marijuana dispensaries are still in the planning stages.