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New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/08/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in New Jersey? Is marijuana, cannabis, pot or weed legal in New Jersey? What’s the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.


State Measure:

New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act

Date Passed:

January 18, 2010

Defenses Provided:

New Jersey’s medical marijuana laws remove state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana for patients who are in compliance with the law.

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under New Jersey medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following 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.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey, patients must obtain an authenticated, written certification from a physician licensed in the state of New Jersey, with whom the patient maintains a bona fide relationship with, stating that that the patient might benefit from the medical use of marijuana. Patients must also register with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to obtain a medical marijuana card


Marijuana Card Program:

As the New Jersey Medical Marijuana law is in its infancy, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is currently in the process of finalizing rules and fee schedules for the medical marijuana registry program, which will distribute medical marijuana cards (aka cannabis cards) to qualifying patients.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis patients in New Jersey (or their caregivers) may purchase up to 2 ounces of marijuana per month, which can be purchased only at state-monitored dispensaries. Patients are NOT permitted to grow or cultivate their own cannabis plants.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in New Jersey may designate one caregiver to possess, transport and prep cannabis on the patient’s behalf. Caregivers are subject to a criminal history background check and fingerprinting.

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