How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In New Jersey [2020 Update]
Attempts to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of New Jersey failed in both 2018 and 2019 to the disappointment of many. It’s likely that there a lot of New Jersey residents now rubbing their chins and wondering if they are eligible for a New Jersey medical marijuana card. This includes not only those who would like to be able to legally enjoy the recreational use of marijuana as they do alcohol but also to thousands of medical patients who, in the past, have simply not been willing to jump through the hoops and pay the costs associated with getting a medical marijuana card in New Jersey.
There is still hope that marijuana will be legalized for all adults 21 and over in New Jersey, as legislative leaders announced plans to place a marijuana referendum on the 2020 ballot. And in recent years the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in New Jersey has become somewhat less complex. In this article, we’ll discuss the current state of affairs with New Jersey’s MMP, some of the important rules and regulations that you’ll need to know about, as well as the steps involved in becoming a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey.
New Jersey Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana
Before we go further, let’s see if you qualify for legal medical marijuana in New Jersey.
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey patients must receive a recommendation from a doctor stating that the patient suffers from one of the following medical conditions:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
- Chronic pain of visceral origin
- Multiple sclerosis
- Opioid Use Disorder (as an adjunct to Medication Assisted Therapy)
- Terminal cancer
- Muscular dystrophy
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- The following conditions apply, if resistant to, or if the patient is intolerant to, conventional therapy:
- The following conditions apply, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or treatment thereof:
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Overview
Now you know if you qualify, let’s take a look at the big picture.
New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, aka the MMP, was created under the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law on January 18, 2010. The program permits the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from one or more ailments on a short list of qualifying medical conditions. The fledgling program was one of the strictest among the 16 states with medical marijuana programs at that time it was instated.
Because of the strict limitations of the program and the small number of doctors willing to recommend marijuana use to their patients, enrollment in the MMP has been underwhelming. As of 2015, there were only around 5,000 registered patients and 355 caregivers. However, the program has evolved over time. Rules have become less strict and more qualifying conditions have been added. As a result, the number of enrolled patients more than doubled to more than 11,000 by the end of 2017.
How To Get a New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card
First off, in order to become a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey, a patient’s eligibility must be assessed by a bona fide registered MMP physician. The physician must certify that the patient has an approved debilitating medical condition to participate in the NJ MMP.
Physicians must be registered with the program in order to certify your eligibility. If your current physician is not registered with the MMP, speak with them about registering with the Medicinal Marijuana Program. If they refuse to do so, you’ll need to find a doctor who is registered with the program and begin a new doctor-patient relationship.
In order to qualify for the program, the physician-patient relationship must meet one of the following criteria:
- The relationship has existed for at least one year; or
- The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or
- The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.
New Jersey are medical marijuana rules and regulations
Here are some of the important rules and regulations that New Jersey medical marijuana card holders need to know about:
- Length of Term – Once registered, an MMP card is valid for a period of 2 years. However, the patient must follow up with their doctor within 30, 60, or 90 days as specified by the doctor. The physician will then update your physician statement in the patient registry. If this does not take place the card becomes invalid.
- Minors – Patients under the age of 18 are required to have a legal guardian as their designated caregiver. Once a patient reaches the age of 18, they need to re-register as an adult. In order to apply, a minor patient’s physician is required to complete a “minor attestation” form. Moreover, minors must have a recommendation from both a pediatric psychiatrist and physician. This requirement may soon be eliminated.
- Purchase Limits – As of the time of writing, the state has set a two-ounce per month limit. However, attempts are being made to increase the monthly limit from two to four ounces. Moreover, there is currently a limit of 10% THC, the compound produced in marijuana that causes intoxication. That limit is also expected to be repealed. Medical marijuana is packaged in 1/4 or 1/8 ounce quantities in New Jersey. A patient’s physician is required to determine the allowable monthly dosage.
- Growing – Medical marijuana patients in New Jersey are not permitted to grow their own marijuana, and there are harsh penalties if you get caught doing so.
- Caregivers – Registered patients are permitted to appoint a caregiver to purchase medical marijuana on their behalf. Caregivers must register for the program in a similar manner to patients. However, caregiver candidates are required to undergo a criminal background check. Up to two caregivers may be registered per patient.
- Edibles – Currently, edibles are only available for minors who are registered with the MMP. And again, this is expected to change in the near future allowing all patients to use edibles if they so choose.
- Home delivery – Currently home delivery is not allowed. Patients or caregivers must purchase their medicine at a licensed dispensary. This too may change in the near future.
- Fees – The fee for patients, including minors and caregivers, is $100. Senior citizens, military veterans, or those who qualify for certain state and federal assistance programs will pay a reduced fee of $20. If a guardian of a minor would qualify for a reduced registration fee, the minor patient would also qualify for the reduced fee.
- Medical insurance – The cost of medicinal marijuana is not covered under Medicaid or any other public or private health insurance plans in New Jersey.
- Lost or stolen medical marijuana cards – If a patient’s medical marijuana card is lost or stolen the patient is required to notify the MMP within 24 hours. There is a $10 replacement fee. Patients who qualified for a reduced fee upon registration pay a $5 replacement fee.
- Drugged driving – Patients are forbidden to “operate, navigate, or be in control of any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel while under the influence of marijuana.”
- Public use – The use of medical marijuana in public is strictly prohibited. Moreover, patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana, on a school bus or any other form of public transportation, as well as on any school grounds, in any correctional facility, at any public park or beach, at any recreation center.
- Employers/Drug testing – Employers are not required to permit the use of medical marijuana by their employees. If your employer requires mandatory drug testing, the use of medical marijuana can result in termination of employment.
New Jersey MedCard Q&A
Other Important Information about Nw Jersey Marijuana Cards
How Much Does a New Jersey Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?
How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in New Jersey Cost?
The Average Cost to visit a Certified Ordering Doctor is $100 – $200 for the initial visit and $75 – $150 for the follow up visit.
Can doctors prescribe medical marijuana?
Doctors are actually not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. However, if they are registered by the state, a doctor can recommend medical marijuana and approve their patients for access to the drug.
When I get my NJ MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
Where can I find a marijuana doctor near me in NJ?
Check out out marijuana doctors map to see if any are listed near you.
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New Jersey Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding NJ cannabis.
Can I Smoke Weed in New Jersey Once Qualified?
Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?
No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in New Jersey only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Is Recreational Weed Legal?
I see CBD Oils for sale on commercials, online, and at stores around town, is this CBD Oil legal in New Jersey ?
Hemp derived CBD oil is legal.
Will CBD Oil, hemp, or cannabidiol get me high?
No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets at pet stores, retail and at holistic shops.
Are THC Infused edibles allowed in New Jersey?
Yes, however only for minors.
What marijuana products are legally available in New Jersey?
Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
Similar to all states New Jersey medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. New Jersey medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.
Where Can I Buy Medical Marijuana In New Jersey?
Dispensaries in New Jersey are referred to as “alternate treatment centers” or ATCs. Currently, patients are required to assign a single ATC. This too may change in the near future. Registered patients have the ability to switch physicians if they desire.
A maximum of half a dozen ATCs may currently be licensed by the state of New Jersey. All ATCs are required to run as non-profit organizations. Furthermore, ATCs must grow and process their own supply of medical marijuana.
Currently, patients are required to assign a single ATC. This too may change in the near future. Registered patients have the ability to switch physicians if they desire.
How Much Should I consume?
You should always consult with a New Jersey marijuana doctor before using and that doctor will set the course of treatment.