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New Jersey Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill 119 was approved January 11, 2010 by the state House of Representative 48-14 and by the state Senate 25-13. Then Governor Jon Corzine signed the bill into law a week later on January 18th, 2010. The Bill officially went into effect 6 months to the day after its signing.

Under the New Jersey medical marijuana law patients who “use marijuana to alleviate suffering from a debilitating condition” are protected from state-level penalties regarding the possession, and use of the drug. The law additionally creates alternative treatment centers, specifically “at least two each in the northern, central, and southern regions of the state.

New Jersey Laws and Regulations Regarding the Possession of Medical Marijuana

The patients attending physician will determine how much cannabis a patients’ needs and will give written instructions to be presented to an alternative treatment center. The maximum amount of cannabis permitted in a 30-day period is two ounces.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Updates Details

In order to aid patients in their search for reliable information we have developed the index of medical marijuana resources below for patients in the state of New Jersey to serve as a legal reference. We ask that you review the information below specifically regarding New Jersey state laws and regulations regarding medical marijuana.

New Jersey is considered to have one of the strictest medical cannabis programs in the nation. For more information click the corresponding link below to find out more information about the New Jersey medical marijuana program.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of New Jersey’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions you can visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “Legal States”

S119 was supposed to become effective six months after it was enacted on Jan. 18, 2010, but the legislature, DHHS, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had difficulty coming to agreement on the details of how the program would be run.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services released draft rule outlining the registration and application process on Oct. 6, 2010. A public hearing to discuss the proposed rules was held on Dec. 6, 2010 at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, according to the New Jersey Register.

On Dec. 20, 2011, Senator Nicholas Scutari (D), lead sponsor of the medical marijuana bill, submitted Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 140 declaring that the "Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent." The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee held a public hearing to discuss SCR 140 and a similar bill, SCR 130, on Jan. 20, 2010.

On Feb. 3, 2011, the Department of Health proposed new rules that streamlined the permit process for cultivating and dispensing, prohibited home delivery by alternative treatment centers, and required that "conditions originally named in the Act be resistant to conventional medical therapy in order to qualify as debilitating medical conditions."

On Aug. 9, 2012, the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program opened the patient registration system on its website. Patients must have a physician's recommendation, a government-issued ID, and proof of New Jersey residency to register. The first dispensary is expected to be licensed to open in September.

On Oct. 16, 2012, the Department of Health issued the first dispensary permit to Greenleaf Compassion Center, allowing it to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center and dispense marijuana. The center opened on Dec. 6, 2012, becoming New Jersey's first dispensary.

As of Apr. 23, 2014, there were Alternative Treatment Centers with permits to operate in all three regions of the state as designated by the medical marijuana program: north, central, and south.

New Jersey Qualification

Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in New Jersey in our definitive guide of New Jersey's qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under New Jersey's medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Laws

Read New Jersey's Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of New Jersey's exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print New Jersey's Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into New Jersey's laws for his knowledge.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card

Find out how to obtain a{n} New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to New Jersey's state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know New Jersey's requirements.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Facts

Our list of New Jersey Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in New Jersey's state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.