On January 18, 2010, Gov. Jon Corzine signed the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, SB 119 into law on his last day in office. In coming Governor, Chris Christie made several attempts to delay the program. After a series of legislative and bureaucratic battles the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) adopted rules for the program in November 2011. These rules included changes to the licensing process for cultivators and distributors, prohibited home delivery, and required a recommending physician to certify that a patient’s qualifying condition is “resistant to conventional medical therapy” and must be re-certified every 90 days. Patients must obtain their medicine from one of six licensed “Alternative Treatment Centers” (only 5 are currently operating).
Department of Health and Senior Services’ Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) began accepting patient registrations on August 9, 2012.
Patient Registry or ID Cards Program?
Yes, for medical patients only
Cannabis Grow Limit:
The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act does not authorize a qualifying patient or primary caregiver to grow or cultivate marijuana, or to possess a marijuana plant.
Cannabis Possession Limit:
A physician shall provide written instructions for a registered qualifying patient or his caregiver to present to an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) concerning the total amount of usable marijuana that a patient may be dispensed, in weight, in a 30-day period, which amount shall not exceed 2 ounces. If no amount is noted, the maximum amount that may be dispensed at one time is 2 ounces.
Distribution/DispensariesThe first licensed dispensary in the state received a permit in October 2012 and began serving patients December 6, 2012. As of November 2016 there are five operational ATCs with one more pending.
New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana on January 11, 2010
Important Cannabis Laws
SB 2842 (2013) : lifted the limits on the number of cannabis strains that may be cultivated and allowed for the manufacture and distribution of edible cannabis products solely to minors.
A4587 (2015) : Require school policies for administration of medical cannabis
A457 (2016) : Authorizes use of medical cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder