New Jersey officials has issued its first standards for edible forms of medical marijuana, a move that could clear the way for the state's three dispensaries to start making the products for the first time.

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The state Department of Health tells The Associated Press that the standards were sent to the clinics this week.

Executives at the three clinics did not immediately return calls to The Associated Press on Friday afternoon.

The state's top medical marijuana regulator John O'Brien says in a letter to the dispensaries that the rules are intended to provide for the health of patients and clinic employees.

Advocates for medicinal cannabis have complained that the Gov. Chris Christie's administration has moved too slowly in setting up the program.


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