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Awarded application submitted to the NJ Department of Health and Human Services by COMPASSIONATE CARE SOUTH as part of a public RFA. This application was awarded one of the first six medical marijuana growing and distribution sites.

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February 14, 2011 By Hand Delivery Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP CommissionerNew Jersey Medicinal Marijuana ProgramNJ Department of Health and Senior ServicesPO Box 360Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 RE: Application to Establish and Operate Medicinal Marijuana Alternative Treatment Center in New Jerseys Southern Region (RFA#3683_001) Dear Commissioner Alaigh: Attached please find the application of the Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc.(Compassionate Care) to establish and operate a medicinal marijuana alternative treatment center in the Southern Region in response to New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Request for Applications RFA #3683_001.Compassionate Care, a New Jersey non-profit created to cultivate and dispense pharmaceutical grade cannabis to meet medical needs, was founded by a group of former health department regulators, community leaders, healthcare professionals, researchers and non-profit directors who understand both the therapeutic value of this product and public sensitivities. Compassionate Care is committed to providing New Jersey patients with safe and affordable medicine.Compassionate Care is applying for additional permits to operate a total of three Alternative Treatment Centers one each in the Northern, Central, and Southern Regions of the state.Our team is highly capable, qualified, and capitalized to establish and operate these three facilities. We will maintain the highest standards of quality control and accountability to prevent diversion.We have developed research protocols to enable us to collect and share required data on patient outcomes, utilization, and trends. We have undertaken outreach to local government and law enforcement in each of the communities where we propose to locate our facilities to confirm that they are receptive to our endeavor, and selected sites at an acceptable distance from sensitive uses such as schools.We have negotiated workable terms with landlords, disclosing our intent to cultivate and distribute medicinal cannabis. As a result, we are very proud to attach letters of support from throughout the state, including from local communities.Please note that this application contains security-related and proprietary information which is exempt from the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). We hereby request that you protect the confidentiality of any portions of the application for which the information is exempt from OPRA. Relatedly, please retain this cover letter with the application at all times so that this request is honored without fail. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassionate Care, I can and do attest to the accuracy and veracity of all statements, figures, amounts and other information incorporated within the materials submitted.Thank you very much for your efforts to enable patients to obtain medicinal marijuana, and for your careful consideration of our application to assist in those efforts.Sincerely, Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. William J. Thomas President & CEO TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLEOFCONTENTS INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................................1 CRITERION 1 - INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICANT & FACILITY......................................................3 CRITERION 2 - OPERATIONAL INFORMATION..........................................................................................11 CRITERION 3 - COMMUNITY INPUT AND APPROVAL ...............................................................................20 CRITERION 4 - PATIENT CARE CENTER SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS......................................................22 CRITERION 5 - CULTIVATION SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS .....................................................................35 APPENDIX A CORPORATE DOCUMENTS ...............................................................................................A1 APPENDIX B EVIDENCE OF SITE CONTROL........................................................................................A19 APPENDIX C EVIDENCE OF ZONING COMPLIANCE........................................................................... A21 APPENDIX D DISTANCE TO SENSITIVE SITES .....................................................................................A24 APPENDIX E ZIP CODE MAP OF SERVICE AREAS ..............................................................................A26 APPENDIX F QUALIFICATIONS AND POSITION DESCRIPTIONS .........................................................A28 APPENDIX G OPERATIONS PLAN......................................................................................................... A51 APPENDIX H SECURITY PLAN..............................................................................................................A93 APPENDIX I EMPLOYEE TRAINING MANUAL ...................................................................................A114 APPENDIX J HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) MANUAL............ A116 APPENDIX K HUMAN RESOURCES MANUAL ....................................................................................A121 APPENDIX L CULTIVATION OVERVIEW............................................................................................A135 APPENDIX M HYDROPONIC DESIGN ................................................................................................. A137 APPENDIX N PRODUCT SAFETY PLAN...............................................................................................A139 APPENDIX O FIRE SAFETY PLAN....................................................................................................... A142 APPENDIX P ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN................................................................................................A144 APPENDIX Q FINANCIAL PRO-FORMA..............................................................................................A146 APPENDIX R LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION................................................................................A174 INTRODUCTION 1 TheCompassionateCareFoundationInc.(CompassionateCare)verymuchappreciatesthe opportunitytosubmitthisapplicationforapermitfromtheStateofNewJerseyinresponseto DHSS RFA #3683_001 (RFA). We seek a permit to cultivate and dispense medicinal cannabis inBellmawr,NewJersey.Wearesimultaneouslysubmittingadditionalpermitapplicationsto operate Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC) in the states Central and Northern Regions. Compassionate Care is a non-profit corporation organized under the State of New Jersey with the mission of providing therapeutic pain relief to patients in need and conducting research into the effectivenessofmedicinalcannabisfortheindividualsandcommunitiesweserve.Foundedin 2011,CompassionateCareisleadbyaBoardofDirectorswhosemembersaremedical professionals,formerhealthdepartmentregulators,communityleaders,andresearchers.They are committed to providing New Jersey patients with safe and affordable medicinal cannabis. Usingadvancedhorticulturaltechnology,weoffermanyvarietiesofpharmaceuticalgrade cannabis. Our unique approach allows us to trace the genetic strand of every plant, to protect our medicinalproductsfromdisease,pest,andmold,andtoensurethatourmedicinalcannabisis maximallyeffectiveforourpatients.Werealizethatourcorporatesustainabilitydependsona reciprocalrelationshipwithourhostcommunityandsurroundingenvironment.Wemake substantialcontributionstoourhostcommunitiesthroughjobcreationandcharitablegiving. Moreover, we operate environmentally responsible facilities, use cultivation methods with zero wastepolicesandprocedures,relyuponhighsecurityprotocolstoensurethesafetyofour workersandourneighbors,andconductasophisticatedresearchanddevelopmentprogramon medicalcannabisefficacy.Ourcommitmenttotheenvironment,workers,customers,andour community are reflected throughout this document. TheorganizationofthisapplicationmirrorsthestructureoftheRFAasectionforeach criterion,andwithinthat,asubsectionforeachmeasure.Thus,Section1providesinformation requested about the applicant (Compassionate Care) and the cultivation facility and patient care center for which we are seeking this permit. Section 2 describes requested information about our operating plans, policies, and funding.Section 3 describes our proposed methods for obtaining theinputandsupportofourhostcommunities(frommembersofthepublicaswellaslocal governmententities).Section4detailsmorespecificallythepatientcare,datacollection, security,andeducationalprogramsandprocedureswewilluseinoperatingthesefacilitiesand the interface between this cultivation center and our patient care center. Section 5 focuses on our cultivation procedures. Section 6 contains eleven appendices (e.g., zoning compliance documents and letters of support from local communities).INTRODUCTION 2 ThisproposalwillspecificallyarticulateourknowledgeofandconformancewiththeStateof New Jerseys medical cannabis program and addresses, item by item, the requirements under the RequestforApplications.Insummary,thisapplicationdemonstratesthereasonswhy Compassionate Care is unsurpassed in the experience, capabilities, and qualifications needed to operate an ATC. Based upon these attributes and the information contained in the remainder of thedocumentitisourhopethatthereviewerswillconsiderourorganizationforapermitto operate an ATC for medical cannabis in the south section of State of New Jersey. CRITERION 1 3 CRITERION1INFORMATIONREGARDINGAPPLICANT&FACILITY Measure 1: The applicant shall provide the proposed legal name and the following documentsapplicable to the applicants legal status. Supporting documents should be included asAppendixA.CertificateandArticlesofIncorporationandByLawsforcorporationsOrganizingdocumentsforassociationsEvidenceofnonprofitstatusCertificateofgoodstandingissuedbytheNewJerseySecretaryofStateTheproposedlegalname