Getting a New Jersey Medical Cannabis Card
New Jersey’s Medicinal Cannabis Program allows patients under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional to safely access cannabis-based medicine from state-regulated dispensaries. How can you become a patient?
To be considered, patients must be under the care of a physician who is registered with the program. This relationship must have existed for one year or the health care provider has assessed this patient for the medical condition at least four times. These visits must include conducting a comprehensive medical history and examination.
All patients must be a New Jersey resident.
Not just anyone can be admitted into the New Jersey Medicinal Cannabis Program. The state has determined the patient must have a diagnosis, from a provider registered with the program, on the following list:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Crohn’s Disease
- Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and/or Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure Disorder, including Epilepsy
- Terminal Illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
- Tourette Syndrome
Once you determine if you qualify, here are the next steps to become a medicinal cannabis patient:
- Find out if your current healthcare provider is a participant in the program or find a participating practitioner.
- The registered provider will give a reference ID number and registration ID to complete your application online.
- To set up your account, you will need a recent full-face photograph taken within the last 60 days against a white background without a hat or glasses.
- Have proof of New Jersey residency from a government-issued ID or two proofs of residency, which can include a W-2, home utility bill, or bank statement.
Important Regulations to Follow Once Approved
It is crucial all New Jersey Medical Patients stay compliant with state and program regulations. This includes the following:
- Patients should carry their MCP cards at all times
- Product should be kept in its original, labeled packaging
- Patients are encouraged to use medical cannabis only at home and transport it only when absolutely necessary
- Medical cannabis is not intended to be shared
- Do not consume on federal property, a private vehicle in motion
- Patients are not permitted to grow cannabis or be in possession of a cannabis plant
- Do not transport product across state lines
- Patients may receive up to 84 grams every 30-days from a licensed Alternative Treatment Center
We look forward to providing premium medical cannabis to New Jersey’s patients at The Station.