Philadelphia (CBS) – South Jersey’s first medical marijuana farm is being set up in a rural portion of Burlington County. Hopes are to begin dispensing the drug before the end of the year.

The Compassionate Care Foundation was planning to take over a Bellmawr warehouse, but CEO Bill Thomas decided to change things to cut down on energy costs.

“It only had to do with finding a location that was suitable for us to put in greenhouses as opposed to going into a warehouse.”

The recent wet weather will mean they’ll start growing the marijuana in tractor trailers on a farm in Chesterfield Township so they can open up a dispensary by mid-December.

And he’ll have more than enough clients, given he’s taken a couple calls a day from people in desperate need of the drug. There’ll be six dispensaries set up statewide, two in these parts, under what’s considered to be America’s toughest medical marijuana law.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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