about medical marijuana
in New Jersey
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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in NJ
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in New Jersey
New Jersey became the 14th U.S. state to legalize marijuana for medical use under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), also known as SB 119, which the Legislature passed January 11, 2010.
Adults ages 18 and older may purchase medical marijuana from ATCs, as long as patients have a physician’s recommendation. Medical patients’ marijuana purchases are responsible for paying a seven percent (7%) sales tax.
Patients may not smoke medical marijuana in the following places:
- School buses and public transportation vehicles
- In a private vehicle, unless the vehicle is not in motion.
- On any school grounds
- Jail or prison
- Public park or beach
- Any recreation center or public places where smoking is prohibited
How to qualify for Mediacal Marijuana?
New Jersey patients who wish to qualify for medical cannabis must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the state. Qualifying patients must schedule an appointment with a physician registered in the MMP and maintain a legitimate doctor-patient relationship for at least a year, or be assessed by the same MMP-registered physician for at least four visits.
After the physician has reviewed the patient’s history and determined that medical marijuana will assist patients suffering from qualifying medical conditions, New Jersey residents can register and submit the necessary paperwork to the Department of Health in person or on the MMP website.
Patients are required to include:
- Recent photo
- Government-issued photo ID
- Proof of current New Jersey residency
- Patient Reference Number provided by a physician
- A registration fee of $100. Seniors, veterans, and some people on government assistance may qualify for a reduced fee of $20.
The NJDOH created the MMP to establish a state-authorized ID card, verify and register qualified patients, primary caregivers, and physicians, and license ATCs. Medical cards may be valid up to two (2) years. Prior to receipt of their registry identification cards, patients are required to pay the fee required by their county’s program.
The New Jersey medical marijuana card is an identification card issued by the NJODH to a qualifying patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent. It verifies that the patient has received written certification from a physician that they might benefit from the medicinal use of marijuana.
A medical marijuana card allows New Jersey patients to purchase legal marijuana from state-licensed ATCs and protects medical marijuana patients from being criminally charged for possession under the state’s cannabis laws.
Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
- Chronic pain in the Internal organs, abdomen, or intestines
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Terminal cancer or illness, if the physician determines the patient has less than 12 months to live.
Patients will also qualify if they are resistant to conventional therapy for:
- Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
How to register with MMP?
To register with the MMP, patients must:
- Be a New Jersey resident
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition by a New Jersey physician registered with the MMP
- Consult with an MMP-registered physician for at least a year
The physician will continue an ongoing relationship with the patient and be responsible for assessment, care, and treatment for debilitating medical conditions.