How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in NJ through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. If you have medical records for your condition(s) please provide them.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

  • STEP 2:


    Consult with a doctor either online or in person for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you for legal cannabis use. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

    Every patient will need to prove New Jersey residency for their application to be accepted by the state of NJ.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you are approved, you'll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

    In New Jersey, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

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July 20, 2019

Saved something like $750 using Veriheal because the doctor i usually see wanted to charge over $200 for each visit and would only certify me for 3 months at a time. Basically would've spent near $1000 doing that and I am unbelievably happy I found Veriheal without having to do the expensive option. Price was reasonable, doctor worked quick and listend to me. I am grateful. Good and fast customer service too.

- Brady S.

August 22, 2019

LOVED having the option to do the consultation online. Checked with the state to make sure that was ok and they said that's more than fine. Since I can't get around easily this is the best option for me. Thank you Veriheal.

- Richard R.

September 08, 2019

Every other doctor in the state wanted me to pay thousands of dollars over the year for follow up appts but that's absurd. Made sure everything checked out with veriheal and the 199 got me approved for the whole year.

- Eliza

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About Cannabis in New Jersey

First, you’ll book an appointment with a doctor in the Veriheal network. Once approved by the state-certified physician, you will receive your NJMMP Registry ID and Reference Number from the doctor which you will use to register with the state of New Jersey here:

On your state application you must upload the following to prove your residency:

  1. 1. Passport-style photo
  2. 2. Valid NJ state ID
  3. 3. Current utility info/bill (billed within the last 90 days)

Within 30 days, the NJ DOH will contact you via email with your approval information. If approved, you will be required to pay the $100 state registration fee and your card will come in the mail in 7-10 business days. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing medical marijuana legally from your local NJ dispensaries.

Marijuana Legalization in NJ

New Jersey became the 14th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), also known as SB 119, adopted by the Legislature on January 11, 2010.

Adults 18 years of age and older may buy medical marijuana from ATC as soon as patients are recommended by a physician. Purchases of marijuana from medical patients are liable for paying sales tax of seven percent (7 percent).

In the following locations, patients may not smoke medical marijuana.

  • School busses and cars for public transport.
  • Unless the car is not in movement in a personal car.
  • On any ground of college.
  • Jail or jail.
  • Public beach or park.
  • Any recreation center or government locations forbidden to smoke.

Do I qualify for medical marijuana in NJ?

Patients in New Jersey who want to qualify for medical cannabis must be at least 18 years of age and a state resident. Qualifying patients must plan an appointment with an MMP registered physician and retain a lawful doctor-patient relationship for at least one year, or be evaluated for at least four visits by the same MMP registered physician.

New Jersey citizens can register and send the required documentation to the Department of Health in individual or on the MMP website after the doctor has checked the background of the patient and determined that medical cannabis will help patients suffering from qualifying medical circumstances.

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 create a state-authorized ID card, check and register skilled patients, main caregivers, and doctors, and license ATCs. Up to two (2) years may be applicable for medical cards. Patients are needed to pay the premium needed by the program of their county before receiving their registry identification cards.

The medical marijuana card from New Jersey is an identification card given by the MMP from the NJ to a qualifying patient, private caregiver or dispensary. It verifies that a physician has certified the patient in writing that they could profit from marijuana medicinal use.

A medical marijuana card enables patients in New Jersey to buy legal marijuana from state-licensed ATCs and prevents patients with medical marijuana from being criminally charged for possession under state cannabis laws.

Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions

Patients are required to include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • 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
  • Migraines
  • 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:

  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy

How To Register With The NJ

To register with the MMP, patients must:

  • Be a resident of New Jersey
  • A New Jersey doctor registered with the MMP will be diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
  • Consult at least one year with an MMP-registered doctor.

The physician will continue an ongoing connection with the patient and be liable for the weakening of medical circumstances for evaluation, care and therapy.

Registering a Caregiver in New Jersey

A person with medicinal marijuana certification may choose to have a caregiver if necessary. If the condition of a patient is too severe to the point where they can not physically go to their alternative therapy center (ATC) themselves, a caregiver can be used. Up to two caregivers can be designated by patients.

Without the presence of the patient a caregiver can buy medicinal marijuana from an ATC.

The licensed patient selects caregivers; generally a friend or family member. During registering, caregivers can be added at any moment and must go through the same process as patients in order to obtain a card.

Caregivers must submit fingerprints for an inquiry into a criminal background. Once the caregiver has started internet registration, the fingerprinting forms will be accessible. Elected caregivers must be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Jersey, and agree to help a qualified person use marijuana for medical purposes. Caregivers have to undergo a background check and can’t be the physician of the patient.

Caregivers are required to include:

  • Recent photo
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Registration Fee (patients, $100; military veterans and seniors, $20)

Optional documents for reduced fees of $20:

  • Proof of government assistance
  • Caregiver proof of government assistance (medical marijuana patients younger than 18 may qualify for a reduced application fee through a legal guardian’s or caregiver’s government assistance eligibility).

No fee is charged for their cards to parents or legal guardians of minor patients.

Possession and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

Edibles infused with cannabis are only accessible for patients younger than 18 years of age. Medical marijuana is packaged in one-eighth ounce (0.125 oz.) or 3.54 grams and one-quarter ounce (0.25 oz.) or 7.1 grams, respectively. As mentioned by the CUMMA, the present ownership limit for medical marijuana in New Jersey is two ounces (2 oz.), or 56.7 grams, of marijuana product over a period of 30 days. CUMMA does not allow the cultivation of cannabis crops by medical marijuana patients or caregivers in New Jersey.

Possession / Use Limits: A physician shall submit written instructions to the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) for a registered qualifying patient or caregiver regarding the total quantity of usable marijuana that a patient may dispense, by weight, over a period of 30 days, not exceeding two (2) ounces. If no amount is noted, there are two (2) ounces in the maximum amount that can be dispensed at one time.

Grow Limits: The Medical Marijuana Compassionate Use Act does not allow a qualified person or primary caregiver to grow or develop marijuana or to own a marijuana plant.

Alternative Treatment Centers certify and dispense medicinal marijuana in increments of one-eighth and one-quarter of an ounce. If a doctor does not indicate a permitted quantity of 30 days, the program defaults to a maximum of 2 ounces for the patient. New Jersey legislation does not allow patients with medical marijuana to develop their own crops of marijuana.

The Health Department of New Jersey has given the following rules for patients and caregivers with medical marijuana.

  • Patients and caregivers, including Medical Marijuana Program cards, should always carry adequate identification at all times.
  • In its initial labeled packaging, medicinal marijuana should always be kept.
  • In their residence, patients should keep medicinal marijuana and transport it only when it is absolutely essential.
  • Patients and caregivers should hold the quantity in their possession to a minimum if they carry or possess medicinal marijuana outside their residence.
  • Patients and caregivers may not develop or develop marijuana or have a marijuana plant in their ownership.
  • Patients and caregivers may not have marijuana from a source other than an alternative treatment center in New Jersey.
  • Patients and caregivers are not permitted to share or re-distribute any other individual with medicinal marijuana.
  • Under the impact of medicinal marijuana, patients may not run a motor vehicle (of any kind), aircraft, railway train, stationary heavy machinery or vessel.
  • Medicinal marijuana may not be taken across state lines by patients and caregivers.
  • Patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana:
    • on a school bus
    • on public transportation
    • in a private vehicle while in motion
    • on any school grounds
    • at any correctional facility
    • at any public park, beach, recreation center, or other places where smoking is prohibited

Places to Visit in NJ After Enjoying Your Medicine

New Jersey is home to many first-rate tourist attractions, although one of the smallest countries in the US. New Jersey is a state worth exploring, ranging from national parks and regions of exceptional natural beauty to great museums and historic sites. A nice starting point is along the Atlantic Coast of the state, using any of its picturesque harbor cities or resorts-even Atlantic City’s entertainment hot spot-as a jump-off point. It is also a nice base from which to discover all New York City attractions with great choices for public transit and lodging.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is known to be New Jersey’s entertainment hub, where tourists go to enjoy a broad range of possibilities for gaming. This active and vibrant town provides something all year round for everyone. Offering rides, games, world-class restaurants and bars, visitors can walk along the iconic boardwalk on the Jersey Shore.

There are plenty of water operations, galleries, museums, high-end shopping, etc. In addition, there are several year-round events, most of which are free, such as the Atlantic City Airshow, the LPGA Shoprite Classic, and the Atlantic City Restaurant Week.

Old Victorian Cape May

The many attractions of Cape May, at the southernmost tip of New Jersey on Delaware Bay, were largely discovered by the wealthy during the 18th and 19th centuries when it enjoyed its heyday as a fashionable resort town. It was so common that six U.S. presidents had summer homes here, attracted by the very things that today attract visitors: good beaches, Cape May Point Lighthouse (constructed in 1859) and its many beautiful Victorian-style vacation homes, one of the finest examples being Emlen Physick Estate. Now a museum, constructed in 1879, this 18-room mansion is a good illustration of the American Stick architecture style. The Yankee, an 80-foot-tall schooner with a variety of harbor tours and dolphin and whale-sighting cruises, is also of interest.

Asbury Park

A tiny coastal town on the coast of New Jersey, Asbury Park was a famous destination in the late 19th century for fun on its beautiful sandy beaches and great entertainment. His popular boardwalk on the beach was the place to see and be seen, lined with all types of stores, restaurants, arcades and cafes. Asbury also saw Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen start their careers from the famous theater of Stone Pony. Now, Asbury is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence after years of negligence and decrease. Asbury is again the place where New Yorkers come to have fun or live, just 60 miles from New York City. The beach is full of sun worshippers, fresh building attracts young professionals with decent waterfront living rates, and the landmarks of the city, such as the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, are being restored and reopened. Once again, the famous boardwalk is lively, crowded, and fun-while the new restaurants attract city foodies and bring the art galleries to the jet-setters in the city.

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