23 Legal States

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New Jersey

On January 11, 2010, the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate approved A804/S119, which establishes "The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," which removed state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by qualifying patients who obtain a recommendation from their New Jersey licensed physician. Patients will be issued ID cards by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and may designate a registered caregiver to assist in obtaining marijuana. New Jersey's medical cannabis law was the first Medical Marijuana State to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana and require patients to obtain a limited amount of marijuana at state-monitored dispensaries.


Read the full text of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act here.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in New Jersey

  1. You must be a resident of New Jersey.  
  2. Your physician must register with DHSS to participate in the program, and must attest that you are undergoing treatment for an active debilitating medical condition, and may benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana to relieve symptoms. This must be a physician who has ongoing responsibility for your care. Patiens can find a medical marijuana doctor in New Jersey here.
  3. Note: You may be required to bring a copy of your medical records to your marijuana evaluation appointment, indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records.
  4. Once your physician has registered you with the DHSS as a qualifying patient, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana card from the NJMMP. Click here to learn how.


Which Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in New Jersey?

Patients in New Jersey diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act:

  1. One of the following conditions, if resistant to conventional medical therapy: seizure disorder, including epilepsy, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity,or glaucoma;
  2. HIV/AIDS or cancer, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or treatment thereof;
  3. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, or inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease;
  4. Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life.

Medical Marijuana Access

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Unlike other medical marijuana states, New Jersey medical marijuana law does not allow for the cultivation of medical cannabis.  Patients may only purchase a recommended amount of medical marijuana at one of the following state-monitored cannabis dispensaries:

·       Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center Corp. in Manalapan

·       Compassionate Care Centers of America Foundation in New Brunswick

·       Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., in Bellmawr

·       Compassionate Sciences Inc., in Burlington or Camden County

·       Foundation Harmony in Secaucus

·       Greenleaf Compassionate Center in Montclair

How to Contact the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Senior Services
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

(609) 292-7837