Updated on November 26, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
Qualifying patients in New Jersey must register with the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP) to get medical cannabis in the state. Before starting the registration process, patients must obtain a certification from a marijuana doctor participating in the NJMMP. Afterward, patients that successfully register will get an NJMMP card that enables them to buy, possess, and lawfully use medical marijuana in the state.
This page goes over relevant aspects patients should know about the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program. After going over this information, book an appointment with an NJMMP doctor to begin your application for the NJ medical card.
The NJ medical marijuana program is in charge of safeguarding patient access to medical cannabis in New Jersey. Moreover, promoting the creation of safe cannabis products and regulating the medicinal cannabis industry as a whole also fall under the responsibilities of the NJ medical marijuana program.
How do I get medical marijuana in NJ through the NJMMP?
Getting medical marijuana in NJ through the NJMMP requires that a medical marijuana doctor certifies that you suffer from a qualifying medical condition. To get your marijuana certification, schedule an online appointment with one of our NJ medical marijuana doctors today by filling out our sign-up form – it only takes a few minutes!
Next, choose a time for your video consultation that is convenient for you. Once you’ve done that, you and your chosen doctor will have a conversation about why medical marijuana may be beneficial for your treatment, and they will make a decision based on your specific medical condition. Appointments take place on Doxy, a secure telemedicine platform, and usually last 10 to 15 minutes.
Next, after receiving your marijuana certification, visit the NJMMP website to complete your application for the NJ medical marijuana card.
Important: The doctor can only recommend medicinal cannabis to patients diagnosed with certain medical conditions as determined by the NJ Medical Marijuana Program. Usually, the doctor will consider cannabis treatment if you’re suffering from either:
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence.
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, debilitating psychiatric disorders.
Go here to see the complete list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NJ.
Do I Still Need an NJMMP Card to Get Medical Marijuana in NJ?
New Jersey decriminalized 6 ounces of marijuana and less for adults aged 21 and above. So, why do you need a medical card if getting marijuana is just as easy as walking into a dispensary and making your purchase?
Here are some reasons a medical card in New Jersey is advantageous over recreational cannabis:
- Lower age limits. Recreational cannabis in NJ is reserved for adults aged 21 and over, while the minimum age for medical marijuana is 18.
- Reduced taxes on medical marijuana. New Jersey aims to bring taxation of medical cannabis to 0% in 2022. Consequently, this would make medical cannabis way cheaper compared to recreational marijuana.
- Patients can use their NJ medical cards in states with reciprocity. But, recreational users cannot buy or use marijuana in states that have not legalized recreational marijuana.
How do I get an NJMMP card?
Getting an NJMMP card is an easy five-step process that patients can complete online without having to leave their homes. So, to get your NJMMP card:
- Book an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in NJ.
- Get certified for medical cannabis treatment.
- Register as a patient with the NJMMP.
- Pay the $100 state application fee.
- Get your NJMMP card in the mail.
NJ gov Patient Registration
As mentioned earlier, you must get a marijuana certification from a medical marijuana doctor in NJ before applying for the medical marijuana card. Then, with the marijuana certification secured, you can begin the application process on the NJ medical marijuana program website.
However, before starting, please confirm that you meet the following NJ medical card requirements:
- Adult patients must be at least 18 years old to apply.
- Patients under 18 years old must have a designated and registered caregiver applying on their behalf.
- All applicants must be New Jersey residents.
- Patients must be diagnosed with a medical condition recognized by the NJ Medical Marijuana Program.
- Additionally, patients must have a recommendation from a Certified-To-Recommend cannabis doctor in NJ verifying their diagnosis.
* Please note: Out-of-state patients cannot apply for the New Jersey medical marijuana card. But, those with valid out-of-state MMJ cards can apply for the temporary New Jersey Patient registration to buy cannabis in NJ.
* It is worth noting that some patients have problems finding their NJMMP reference number during the application.
So, how do I find my NJMMP reference number? The values following Reference No: under the Patient Information section of the attending physician statement (marijuana certification) are the NJMMP reference number.
Which documents are needed to complete the NJ gov patient registration?
When applying for the NJ medical marijuana card, you must upload the following documents:
- Proof of identity. For instance:
- NJ driver’s license
- New Jersey County ID
- Non-driver’s ID issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
- Proof of New Jersey residency. For example:
- Utility bill from the last 90 days
- Correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New Jersey Division of Taxation
- Property tax bill
- Jury summons
- A recent full-face, front-facing photo.
- Proof of government assistance if you are seeking a reduced registration fee.
How do I register for NJMMP?
Once you’ve made sure you have all your documents ready here’s how to begin the application process itself:
- Visit https://njmmp.nj.gov/.
- Register your account by filling in the needed information indicated on your marijuana certification.
- Complete the required patient information highlighted by the red asterisk.
- Enter the Alternative Treatment Center of your choosing.
- Upload the required documents.
- Finalize your application.
- Pay the application fee.
How Long is the NJMMP Processing Time?
Usually, it takes two to three weeks for the NJMMP to process an application. Even so, some patients report getting NJMMP approval after seven (7) days.
After approval, it could take another two to three weeks for the NJMMP card to arrive in the mail. So, patients should expect to get their medical card within 30 days.
Also, the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program only issues physical cards. Therefore, patients must wait for their card to arrive before visiting a medical marijuana dispensary to make cannabis purchases.
Contact details for the NJ Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP)
State Jurisdiction: New Jersey Department of Health
Address: New Jersey Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
NJMMP Phone Number: 609-292-0424
Where to Get Marijuana in NJ: Dispensary locations
There are 23 operational marijuana dispensaries in NJ authorized by the MMP to sell medicinal cannabis. Also, unlike most states, qualifying patients in New Jersey cannot buy medical marijuana from any dispensary. Instead, they must pick a specific dispensary to buy their medicine on their NJMMP profile.
You can buy different forms of medical marijuana from NJ dispensaries. For example, dried flower, concentrated oils, lozenges, tablets, capsules, syrups, tinctures, topicals, plus transdermal and sublingual forms. However, traditional cannabis edibles such as infused chocolates and cannabis brownies are not available.
The following are the marijuana organizations that have set up dispensaries in New Jersey:
- Apothecarium Philipsburg
- Columbia Care
- Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. (The Botanist)
- Ascend Montclair
- Garden State Dispensary
- Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center
- Harmony Dispensary
- Curaleaf NJ, Inc
- Zen Leaf
NJ Medical Marijuana Program: NJMMP Rules
Although having an NJMMP card offers patients certain legal protections, there are rules that they must follow. For example:
- The possession limit for medical marijuana patients in New Jersey is 3 ounces every month.
- Patients may possess marijuana paraphernalia only if its purpose is consuming cannabis.
- It is illegal to grow or have a marijuana plant in New Jersey, even with an NJMMP card.
- Approved patients cannot share or redistribute their medical cannabis.
- Patients can only buy medical marijuana from NJ dispensaries.
- Transporting cannabis across state lines is illegal.
- Smoking marijuana in a school bus, public transport, or in a moving private vehicle is unlawful. Additionally, smoking medical marijuana is under the Smoke-Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57 and is subject to the provisions of the Smoke-Free Air Act.
You can find a comprehensive list of marijuana-related penalties and regulations on our dedicated NJ marijuana laws page.
When did the NJ Medical Marijuana Program start?
New Jersey passed its medical marijuana legalization bill on January 18th, 2010. S No. 88, also known as CUMMA, was unfortunately stalled from being applied at a state-wide level the following day by a change from New Jersey’s acting governor.
Finally, on August 9th, 2012, the online patient registration portal reopened, allowing licensed physicians to include qualified patients into the newly-created NJ Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP).
Throughout the 2010s, supporting bills came in multiple forms. September 10th, 2013, marked the signing of S No. 2842, which legalized edible marijuana medication for minor patients. On June 2nd, 2019, acting governor Phil Murphy signed A No. 20. Consequently, there was a growth of manufacturer-led cultivation and distribution, besides providing NJ patients with new options for their medical cannabis purchases.
On November 3rd, 2020, New Jersey voters passed the Marijuana Legalization Amendment act, with a remarkable 67% majority, thereby legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana all around New Jersey state. While the following months proved a rather difficult transitional period for the state’s would-be marijuana market, February 22nd, 2021, brought the Amendment into reality, with the legalization of personal-use possession of up to 6 ounces of cannabis or 17 grams of hashish. Through this, NJ became the 14th US state to legalize marijuana for adults aged 21 and over.
Common Questions About the NJ Medical Marijuana Program
Still curious about the NJ medical marijuana program? Here are common questions patients have: