NJ Medical Marijuana Conditions

Updated on December 14, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.

To qualify for a medical card in New Jersey, a licensed cannabis doctor must certify that you suffer from any of the NJ medical marijuana conditions. If your illness is not on the list of qualifying conditions, it is unlikely that a medical marijuana doctor will issue you with a cannabis certification. And without it, you cannot become a medical cannabis patient in New Jersey.

After reviewing this page, you will know whether you qualify for the NJ medical marijuana card. Eligible patients should advance to the New Jersey medical marijuana card page to book a consultation with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors.

Getting a medical card in NJ is easy. Patients can have their marijuana evaluations (a necessary step) with NJ medical marijuana doctors online through video calls. Also, registering with the NJMMP is online. Meaning patients do not have to leave their homes, let alone their couch, during the application.

NJ Medical Card Requirements – Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the NJ medical card, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Adult patients must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Patients under 18 years old must have a designated and registered caregiver applying on their behalf.
  3. All applicants must be New Jersey residents.
  4. Patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in NJ.
  5. Additionally, patients must have a recommendation from a licensed New Jersey cannabis doctor.

Which conditions and illnesses qualify for a medical card in NJ?

If you’re wondering what qualifies for a medical card in NJ, then going over the medical marijuana conditions is the first step.

Remember, NJ medical marijuana doctors only recommend medical marijuana to patients diagnosed with these medical conditions. Below you’ll find the complete list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NJ.

The list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NJ includes:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Anxiety

Cancer

Chronic Pain. (Including chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic visceral pain.)

Glaucoma

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease

Intractable skeletal spasticity

Migraines

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Muscular dystrophy

Opioid Use Disorder

HIV/AIDS

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Seizure disorder, including epilepsy

Terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live

Tourette Syndrome

If you are suffering from any of these conditions you can book an appointment with an NJ medical marijuana doctor online here.

Common Conditions for Medical Cannabis in NJ

The list of qualifying conditions for a medical card in NJ has grown over time. For instance, anxiety, migraines, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, and chronic visceral pain are new additions to the list. Recent state statistics listed the following as the most common medical conditions for which medical cannabis is recommended in New Jersey:

  1. Intractable skeletal spasticity 
  2. Chronic pain 
  3. PTSD 
  4. Inflammatory bowel disease 
  5. Terminal cancer 

I Meet the NJ Medical Card Requirements – What’s next?

Once you’ve made sure you meet all the requirements and you’re eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card, here’s how to begin the application process itself:

  1. First, you must book an appointment with an NJ licensed cannabis doctor, then attend the online consultation to get a recommendation for medical marijuana treatment.
  2. Next, you must register as a qualified patient with the New Jersey State Medical Marijuana Program at https://njmmp.nj.gov/.
  3. Once your registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card. This may be used in conjunction with government-issued photo identification to buy approved medical marijuana products while you wait to receive your physical registry identification card (ID card) in the mail.

You can find out more about the NJ medical marijuana program (NJMMP) here.

Which documents am I required to submit for my medical marijuana application in New Jersey?

Other NJ medical card requirements include a list of documents you must upload during your application. They include:

  1. Government-issued photo ID:
    • NJ driver’s license
    • New Jersey County ID showing patient name and address
    • NJ Non-Driver’s ID issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
  2. Proof of New Jersey residency :
    • Utility bill issued within 90 days before the application date
    • Correspondence from the IRS or New Jersey Division of Taxation
    • Bank statements issued within each of the three months before the application date
    • Federal, state, or local government correspondence showing the patient’s name and address. For example, Social Security Administration (SSA) documents.
  3. 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.
  4. Proof of government assistance. For example, SNAP, Medicaid, or SSD. (If applicable)
  5. Proof of veteran status. (If applicable.)
  6. Caregiver photograph. (If applicable.)
  7. Caregiver government-issued I.D. (If applicable.)
  8. Caregiver proof of New Jersey residency. (If applicable.)

Contact the New Jersey Division of Medical Marijuana

Mailing address:
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

Phone: 609-292-0424

Email: Through the contact form.

Website: https://njmmp.nj.gov/

Common questions about medical marijuana conditions in NJ

Below you’ll find answers to some common questions about what qualifies for medical marijuana in NJ.