On August 9, New Jersey’s medical marijuana policy officially went into effect. Patients who require medical marijuana for certain health issues were allowed to register for their identification cards.
Health issues that have been approved for medical use of marijuana in New Jersey include glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and terminal cancer. Doctors who are registered in the program must grant patients they have seen for at least a year a recommendation to apply for the medical marijuana program. Currently, there are about 150 registered doctors in the program.
The patients who are approved for the program must pay a $200 fee that is good for two years. Those patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid will only pay $20.
The state’s medical marijuana program was approved by Governor Chris Christie in July 2011.