BRICK — A Marlboro entrepreneur, shutout from receiving a medical marijuana dispensary license from state officials, said she has not been dissuaded from trying to open a facility in Brick. Karen Medlin, who co-owns Jersey Shore Therapeutic Health Care, has sought to place a dispensary on the site of a former OceanFirst bank on Adamston Road, but did not receive the necessary license when six were announced Monday by the state Department of Health. Medlin said the state's decision was disappointing, but added that she would move ahead with her application before the Brick Board of Adjustment. She is hoping that Jersey Shore THC is awarded a license in the Department of Health's next round of awards."If you look at those applicants that were approved, our part of the state is still not where a dispensary is opening," she told the Press by phone. Medlin said none of the dispensary licenses awarded by the state is close to the Jersey Shore, despite the fact that more than 5,500 medical marijuana patients live in Ocean and Monmouth counties."Our part of the state is not being served," she said. On Monday, the Department of Health announced it would grant six dispensary licenses to facilities in Phillipsburg, Paterson, Elizabeth, Ewing, Atlantic City and Vineland.Jersey Shore THC's application will not be heard by Brick's Board of Adjustment until sometime in 2019; a November meeting was postponed due to overcrowding at the township's municipal building. Watch scenes from a previous meeting in the video above.The proposal has drawn support from medical marijuana patients and their families as well as criticism from some Brick residents.Marcel Diaz lives within eyeshot of the proposed dispensary property.“Most of the residents who we (neighbors) are in contact with all feel the same way, that if they (the applicants) put this in the proper place, we’d be behind this 100 percent," said Diaz. “There’s a proper place where this belongs, and it’s not within a residential area.”Diaz said he and his fellow neighbors will continue fighting the proposal.
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