What is the definition of an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC)?
“Alternative Treatment Center” or “ATC” means the permitted alternative treatment center authorized to grow and provide registered qualifying patients with medicinal marijuana and related paraphernalia in accordance with the provisions of the Act. This term shall include the organization’s officers, directors, board members, and employees.
Does an ATC have to have local zoning approval?
The Medicinal Marijuana program rules require ATCs to provide the Department with written verification of a municipal government body in which the ATC will be located. As with other facilities the Department licenses, it is the responsibility of the ATC to work with the local governing body in the municipality they are seeking to locate. Evidence of compliance with local codes and ordinances is also required prior to issuance of a permit
Will the State do background checks on ATC staff as part for the overall permitting process?
Yes. Fingerprinting and criminal history background checks are required of every owner, director, officer and employee of an ATC.
How do I start my own ATC?
At this time, the state is not accepting applications to open additional Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC). On January 17, 2011, the Department of Health (Department) released a Request for Application soliciting parties interested in establishing ATCs under the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. On March 21, 2011, the Department announced the selection of six ATC applicants to move forward in the permitting process. These entities are, Greenleaf Compassion Center, Foundation Harmony, Breakwater ATC, Compassionate Care Center of America Foundation, Inc., doing business as Garden State Dispensary, Compassionate Science ATC, Inc. and Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. Once the initial six are open, the state will evaluate the program and determine whether or not there is a need for expansion. If there is a determination to add ATCs, the Department will publicize the expansion and provide the criteria and process for application. Examples of the examination forms utilized by the existing six ATCs can be found on the Medicinal Marijuana website.
How can I get a job with an ATC?
Contact ATCs directly to inquire about employment opportunities.
Can dispensaries deliver?
Alternative Treatment Centers are not permitted to deliver medicinal marijuana.
Can I just walk into an ATC without an appointment if I am an approved patient with a card?
No. An appointment must be scheduled with your assigned ATC in order to pick up your medicinal marijuana.
Will I be allowed in the ATC if I forgot my card, but I have an appointment?
No. A patient/caregiver must have their MMP card to be allowed in the ATC.
Is there a limit to the amount of medicinal marijuana I can purchase from an ATC?
Medical marijuana will be packaged in 1/4 ounce denominations. The patient’s physician will determine the proper dosage; however, the maximum amount allowed by law is 2 ounces in a 30 day period.
Who can pick up the medicinal marijuana?
Only patients and caregivers are allowed into an ATC to pick up the medicinal marijuana and they must have an ID card from the MMP.
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