TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering cannabis to patients in the spring of 2015.

The Health Department issued the permit to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township on Friday.

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New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago and since then two others have joined.

New Jersey picked six nonprofit groups to cultivate and sell marijuana.

About 3,400 patients are registered with the program and 364 physicians across the state are enrolled so they can recommend marijuana to patients.

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