What qualifies for a medical card in NJ? Like many medical states, the New Jersey medical marijuana program determines the list of qualifying conditions that make patients eligible for a medical card. This list guides cannabis doctors when recommending medical marijuana to patients.
What qualifies for a medical card in NJ?
Here’s the new list of conditions:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic Pain. This includes chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic visceral pain.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- including Crohn’s disease
- Intractable skeletal spasticity
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
- Terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live
- Tourette Syndrome
It’s also important to note that the list of conditions for medical cannabis in NJ is ever-evolving. For instance, anxiety, migraines, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, and chronic visceral pain are new additions to the list.
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program
All qualifying New Jersey patients must enroll in the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP) to get their medical marijuana I.D. card.
- The first step in the registration process involves getting certified for medical marijuana by a registered marijuana doctor in NJ.
- After certification, patients should head to https://njmmp.nj.gov/ and open the Patient Registration page.
- Here, patients will enter all the required information. This includes patient information and the information on the Attending Health Care Practitioner’s Statement.
- Additionally, patients must indicate their Alternative Treatment Center of choice which can be changed at any time.
- Next, is completing the patient certification.
- If the patient has designated a caregiver, the next part will involve completing the required caregiver information.
- Thereafter, the patient will click “Save and Continue” and review the confirmation page.
- Finally, patients must upload the required documents. And, they should upload their caregiver’s documents if applicable.
Learn more on how to get a medical card in New Jersey.
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New Jersey Medical Card Requirements:
To qualify for an NJ medical marijuana card:
- Patients must be residents of New Jersey.
- Patients should maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician registered with the program.
- The patient must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey healthcare practitioner registered with the MMP.
What documents do I need to submit?
Patients should have the following documents ready when filling out their application in the NJMMP web portal:
- A photograph, not more than 60 days old that’s taken against a white background. Additionally, the photo should have a full-face view, with the patient directly facing the camera with both eyes open and neutral facial expression.
- Government-issued photo I.D. For example, current NJ driver’s license, NJ county I.D., or NJ Non-Driver’s I.D. issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.
- Proof of New Jersey residency. For instance, a utility bill not older than 90 days from the application date. Most importantly, if the patient’s current government I.D. is expired or doesn’t reflect current physical address, they must supply 2 proofs of New Jersey residency.
- Caregiver photograph. (If applicable.)
- Caregiver government-issued I.D. (If applicable.)
- Caregiver proof of New Jersey residency. (If applicable.)
- Proof of government assistance. For example, SNAP, Medicaid, or SSD. (If applicable)
- Proof of veteran status. (If applicable.)
How to get medical marijuana in New Jersey
Patients validated for the state program who receive an NJ medical marijuana card may buy and use NJ medical weed.
Medical marijuana products in New Jersey are available at the following approved and operational Alternative Treatment Centers:
- 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
Patients can buy and possess up to three (3) ounces of medical marijuana during a thirty (30) day period.
Most importantly, medical cannabis patients may not operate any vehicle under the influence of marijuana. This also applies to aircraft and marine vessels.
Moreover, patients can’t use cannabis in public places. Smoking of medical marijuana falls 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.
Contact the New Jersey Division of Medical Marijuana:
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Email: Through the contact form.