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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey

Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Book an appointment with a certified physician

  2. Attend your appointment. Get qualified for medical cannabis after speaking to a physician.

  3. Get qualified for medical cannabis by attaching your MMJ rec to a completed application form online.

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or Severe Pain
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Glaucoma (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Intractable Skeletal-Muscular Spasticity
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs, e.g. Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nausea/Vomiting - Severe
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Seizure Disorders, including Epilepsy (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Terminal Illness (If the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life)

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New Jersey Medical Marijuana Laws and History

2010 – Senate Bill 119 (SB 119) is signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine, protecting patients with debilitating illnesses and giving them the right to apply for a medical marijuana card and protect them from arrest and prosecution.

2010 – Draft rules outlining the application and registration process for medical marijuana are released.

2011 – Senate Concurrent Resolution 140 (SCR 140) is submitted by Senator Nicholas Scutari, declaring “Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent”. New rules are created to streamline the application and permit process for cultivating and dispensing cannabis, and home delivery is prohibited.

2012 – Patient registration is opened by by the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program. The first dispensary opens up.

2013 – Senator Chris Christie signs Senate Bill 2842 (SB 2482), qualifying use of medical marijuana in edible form for minors with debilitating conditions, upon approval of a physician and a psychiatrist.

Patient must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a MMJ card for themselves.

Possession limits for those with a valid medical marijuana card is 2 ounces per month.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Chronic Pain (Of Visceral Origin or Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders)
Crohn’s Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs), e.g. Ulcerative Colitis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Muscular Dystrophy
Opioid Dependence
Terminal Cancer
Terminal Illness (If the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life)
Tourette’s Syndrome (TS)
The following conditions apply, if the patient is resistant to, or intolerant to, conventional therapy:

Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Seizure Disorder (Including Epilepsy)
The following conditions apply, if Severe or Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea or Vomiting, Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome results from the condition or its treatment:

AIDS (Positive Status)
HIV (Positive Status)

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Yes. Card-carrying out-of-state patients may legally possess cannabis in NJ for up to six months. States like Rhode Island, Nevada and some others may recognize a New Jersey medical marijuana card. Some states will allow MMJ card carriers from other states to apply for their own medical marijuana programs (e.g. Oklahoma, Hawaii).

New Jersey Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

Qualified New Jersey medical marijuana patients may buy and possess up to 2 ounces of medicinal cannabis per month

Can medical marijuana patients grow their own cannabis plants in New Jersey?

N/A - growing prohibited, including for qualified NJ medical marijuana patients.

New Jersey Caregiver needed?

Yes, if the patient is a minor under the age of 18 or is unable to access cannabis for themselves. A primary caregiver is a person who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana. Primary caregiver cannot be the patient's physician. Primary caregiver must be a resident of New Jersey. The primary caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony drug offense. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.

As of 3/27/18, caregivers may provide for more than one patient at a time. An "institutional caregiver/s" is defined as "an employee of a health care facility who is authorized to assist qualifying patients who are patients or residents at the health care facility with the medical use of cannabis, including obtaining medical cannabis for the patient from a medical cannabis dispensary or clinical registrant and accepting deliveries of medical cannabis for the patient."

Cost of a New Jersey medical marijuana card

$200. However, those on state assistance programs may be able to get a reduced fee of $20. Physician's fee of $75 (subject to change) is not included.

How Long Does it take to Get My New Jersey MMJ Card?

It can take between 7 and 30 days to get a New Jersey MMJ card.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in New Jersey?

You must be aged 18 years old or over inorder to qualify for a New Jersey medical cannabis card. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How long does it take to get a New Jersey medical marijuana card?

Up to 10 days, although it could take longer depending upon the number of applications.

Telehealth/In-Person – Can I speak to a New Jersey medical marijuana doctor online?

Telehealth/telemedicine is available in New Jersey. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for a NJ medical marijuana card.

What documents do I need to apply for a New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card?

Qualified Patients must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. If the patient is a minor under the age of (eighteen) must be designated as the legal guardian and must acquire written confirmation from a physician trained in Pediatrics as well as a Psychiatrist.

Qualified patients must have a valid, unexpired Driver’s License or Identification Card issued by the state of New Jersey.

Qualified Patients must reside in the state of New Jersey and provide proof of residency. A Utility Bill dated within the last ninety (90) days or any correspondence with the IRS or New Jersey State Tax Office within the last year.

Patients must be reassessed every 90 days in order to remain eligible.

Medical records - this can include doctor's/progress notes, medical images and/or medication lists.

Will insurance cover my New Jersey medical marijuana recommendation?

No. Cannabis is federally illegal, meaning most if not all insurance companies will not cover or reimburse the costs associated with medical marijuana.