- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Intractable skeletal spasticity
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency
- Syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
- Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
- Tourette Syndrome
Yes. MMP physicians have the ability to accept a registered patient who is currently under the responsibility of another MMP physician. The process is completed by the desired physician through the registry.
A patient must be assessed by a registered MMP physician who will certify if the patient has a qualifying medical condition to participate in the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). The physician must complete an Attending Physician Statement for each individual patient. Upon submission of the statement a unique Patient Reference Number will be produced. The physician will need to provide the patient with this Reference Number along with a copy of the attending physician statement. The patient or their designee will go to http://njmmp.nj.gov and complete the steps of the online registration process
Yes. The fee for patients and caregivers is $100 each. Patients and caregivers who are senior citizens, military veterans, or who qualify for the below listed state and federal assistance programs will be eligible to pay a fee of $20 each. The registration period is valid for 2 years.
- NJ Medicaid Program
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
- NJ Temporary Disability Insurance benefits (TDI)
- Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD)
Yes. A qualified patient can designate a primary caregiver who must register with the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program. Your caregiver can assist you with the procedures necessary to obtain your medicinal marijuana from a selected Alternative Treatment Center. If someone is only driving you to the Alternative Treatment Center and does not need to assist you inside, it is not necessary to sign up a caregiver.
No, medicinal marijuana is not a covered service under Medicaid or any other health plans in the State of New Jersey.
The Department notes that smoking medicinal marijuana falls within the definition of “smoking” as set forth in the Smoke Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57, and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Smoke Free Air Act.
Patients may not:
Operate, navigate, or be in control of any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel while under the influence of marijuana.
Patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana, On a school bus or public form of transportation. In a private vehicle unless the vehicle is not in operation.
On any school grounds, in any correctional facility, at any public park or beach, at any recreation center.
Any area pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-13.
If a registered patient or registered primary caregiver becomes aware of the theft, loss or destruction of his or her registry ID card, he or she shall notify the MMP within 24 hours after the discovery of the occurrence of the theft, loss, or destruction. The fee to apply for issuance of an ID card replacement is $10.00. If you receive government assistance, and it was verified and approved upon registration, you will qualify for a fee of $5.00.
No. Patient registration is valid for 2 years. However, upon expiration of your prescription certification, your physician must re-assess your condition and determine whether to continue your authorized use of medicinal marijuana for an additional period. The physician will be required to log into the registry and update your physician statement.
No. A patient must have a current certification in order to make an appointment or purchase medicinal marijuana at their Alternative Treatment Center
Being a registered patient in the Medicinal Marijuana Program does not mean that you do not have to comply with your employer’s drug testing policies. You should be familiar with your employer’s policies on drug testing and know how it applies to you. Questions about employer policies should be directed to your human resources department.
To become a registered patient with the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program (NJMMP) you must:
The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or
• The physician has seen and or assessed the patient for the debilitating
medical condition on at least four visits; or
• The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care
of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a
comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a
personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other
treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to
conventional medical therapies
The use of cannabis (medical marijuana) may affect my coordination and
cognition in ways that could impair my ability to drive, operate heavy
machinery or engage in potentially hazardous activities. Patients may not
operate a motorized vehicle (of any sort), aircraft, railroad train, stationary
heavy equipment or a vessel while under the influence of medicinal
Medical marijuana use for treatment of qualifying conditions has not been
approved by the Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”), the cannabis plant is not regulated by the FDA and therefore may contain unknown quantities of
active ingredients, impurities and/or contaminants.
Side effects of medical marijuana can include, but are not limited to:
Headache; Decreased blood flow to brain; Altered body temperature;
Fatigue; Inattention; Aggressiveness; Sedation; Anxiety or panic; Inability to
concentrate; Decreased verbal skills; Nystagmus; Decreased coordination;
Suicidal ideation; Increased food consumption and weight gain; Rapid heart
rate; Reduced muscle strength; Altered libido/Impotence; Hallucinations;
Confusion; Paranoia; Euphoria; Amotivational syndrome; Increased
talkativeness; Addictive behaviors; Depersonalization; Reduced testicular
size. For some patients, chronic marijuana use can lead to laryngitis,
bronchitis and general apathy
Marijuana varies in potency. The effects of marijuana can also vary with the
delivery system, i.e., how it is consumed. Estimating the proper marijuana
dosage is very important. Symptoms of marijuana overdose include, but
are not limited to nausea, vomiting, disturbances to heart rhythms and
numbness of the limbs and/or hacking cough.
Women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant or breast-feeding
should not use marijuana. Marijuana may increase the risk of leukemia in
children whose mothers smoked marijuana during pregnancy.
Although smoking marijuana has not been linked to lung cancer, smoking
marijuana can cause respiratory harm, such as bronchitis. Many
researchers agree that marijuana smoke contains known carcinogens
(chemicals that can cause cancer), and that smoking marijuana may
increase the risk of respiratory diseases and cancers of the lungs, mouth,
and tongue. Cannabis (medical marijuana) smoke contains chemicals
known as tars that may be harmful to my health. Vaporizers may substantially reduce many of the potentially harmful smoke toxins that
normally present in marijuana smoke.
Some patients can become dependent on marijuana or addicted to
marijuana use. This means they experience withdrawal symptoms when
they stop using marijuana. Signs of withdrawal symptoms, while generally
mild, can include feelings of depression, sadness or irritability, restlessness
or mild agitation, insomnia, sleep disturbances, unusual tiredness, trouble
with concentration and/or loss of appetite.
Although marijuana does not produce a specific psychosis, the possibility
exists that it may exacerbate schizophrenia in persons predisposed to that
Using marijuana while under influence of alcohol is not recommended
because it can increase the effects of alcohol.