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How do I qualify?

In order to register with the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program, a patient must:

  • Be a resident of the state of New Jersey
  • Suffer from a debilitating medical condition
  • Receive written certification from a licensed, medical marijuana program registered physician
  • Minor patients (under the age of 18) must have a legal guardian register as his or her caregiver

The following are qualifying, debilitating medical conditions:

  1. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  2. Multiple sclerosis
  3. Terminal cancer
  4. Muscular dystrophy
  5. Inflammatory bowl disease (including Chron’s disease)
  6. Terminal illness (prognosis of 12 months of less)

The following conditions qualify if conventional therapies have been unsuccessful for the patient:

  1. Seizure disorder (including epilepsy)
  2. Glaucoma
  3. Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity

The following conditions qualify if the conventional treatment results in severe pain, nausea, or wasting syndrome for the patient:

  1. Cancer

How do I apply?

Applications for the New Jersey medical marijuana program must be submitted electronically. Mailing applications is not an option. Supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded. The medical marijuana program website provides an instruction page to aid each patient in the application process.

Each patient must be diagnosed by a bona fide, registered physician. The physician is responsible for completing, and submitting an “attending physician statement” for each patient. This will be completed online. Each physician registered with the medical marijuana program will know how to do this. Once the statement is completed by the physician, the patient will be issued an identification number called a “patient reference number.” The physician is responsible for giving this number, and a copy of the attending physician statement to the patient.

Before beginning the application process, each patient must be prepared with an electronic copy of his or her state issued driver’s license or identification card, a current passport sized photograph, proof of residency, and registration identification number.

To apply, select “patient registration” on the top left of the State of New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program website, and then follow the online prompts to complete the process:

  • Select “patient registration” on the website
  • Enter all required information, including the patient registration number, and select “submit”
  • Complete all required information on the new page, including designated caregiver information (if applicable)
  • Read and agree to the terms of the “patient certification,” and select “save and continue”
  • Upload scanned, electronic copies of required documents

Once these steps are complete, the patient will receive a confirmation email stating that the payment amount is set. The payment amount is $200 unless the patient can prove that he or she qualifies for a federal assistance program.

To pay the registration fee, the patient must go back to the website, and select “payment” on the left. The patient will enter his or her information including the patient registration number, and then follow the instructions to proceed with registration payment.

How do I purchase medical marijuana in New Jersey?

Each card-holding patient must register with an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) in order to purchase medical marijuana from a store. The patient may only purchase from the selected ATC. Patients will be permitted to switch to a different ATC via the medical marijuana program website.

Each registration is valid for 2 years. Medical marijuana will be sold in quarter ounce increments. Each cardholder is permitted to purchase up to 2 ounces over a thirty day period. Currently, the state of New Jersey does not permit marijuana in edible forms.

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