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How to Get Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

Posted by Jason Draizin on 09/12/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

Since the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was passed in January, many patients in New Jersey are still unclear on how to get medical marijuana. The state has yet to establish its marijuana card program and set up the dispensaries through which patients must purchase their cannabis, so patients are currently unable to legally access their medicine. But this step-by-step guide outlines what steps you must take in order to get medical marijuana in New Jersey.

Step 1: Be Diagnosed with a Qualifying Medical Condition

In order to use cannabis under NJ medical marijuana law, you must first be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:

Seizure disorder, including epilepsy, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, glaucoma; severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome resulting from HIV/AIDS or cancer; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, or inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease; terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life or any other medical condition or its treatment that is approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Step 2: Get a Marijuana Card

If you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, the next step is to obtain a medical marijuana card (aka marijuana medical card or cannabis card). The process of getting this card includes registering with the state of New Jersey and obtaining a recommendation from a qualified physician. If you are looking for quality New Jersey medical marijuana doctors, MarijuanaDoctors.com can help. We have the largest and highest quality database of medical marijuana doctors in New Jersey and all legal states. Book an appointment today and we’ll help you find New Jersey marijuana doctors in your area.

Currently, the state of New Jersey is still in the process of setting up it’s medical marijuana registry program. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

Step 3: Purchase Medical Marijuana from a State Dispensary

Once you obtain your New Jersey medical marijuana card, you will be able to purchase cannabis from state approved dispensaries. Remember, NJ marijuana laws prohibit patients from growing their own medicine, so this is the only legal means of acquiring cannabis. The state of New Jersey is currently in the process of setting these dispensaries up.