Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I qualify as a patient in the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP)?

    To become a registered patient with the MMP, you must: 

    • Maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician who is registered with the program. A bona fide relationship is defined as a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition, where:
      • 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.
    • Be a New Jersey resident.
    • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey health care practitioner registered with the MMP.

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions in New Jersey?

    Approved debilitating medical conditions include:

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Anxiety
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Pain
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Glaucoma
    • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
    • Intractable skeletal spasticity
    • Migraine
    • 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

  • Can minors qualify for the MMP in New Jersey?

    Yes. Minors (under 18) must have a designated legal guardian and must acquire written confirmation from a physician trained in Pediatrics.

    Designation as a legal guardian for a qualified minor patient exempts you from the application fee. The required fee for a minor patient is $100; however, if the guardian qualifies for a reduced registration fee, the minor patient would also qualify for the reduced fee. Minor patients may have up to two caregivers.

  • How do I apply for a patient ID card in New Jersey?

    You will need to register as a patient on the NJMMP website.

    You will need the reference number that was provided to you by your Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) physician (this number can be found on your copy of the attending physician statement) What is this?

    An email address is required (MMP sends all communications related to your registration, including payment details, through email).

    You will also need a photograph, government issued photo ID, and proof of New Jersey residency. And, finally, you will also need to pay the registration fee.

    Note: If you wish to register a caregiver, and they are not an immediate family member, they must get a criminal background check via fingerprints. There is a printable form on the bottom of the page where you upload your documents. On the form there will be information on how to make an appointment with IdentoGo to have fingerprints collected. Both the caregiver and patient must pay a registration fee for their MMP identification cards. If a background check is required, the registration fees will not be set until the caregiver’s criminal background check is cleared which can take up to 3 weeks.

  • Do I need a physician referral to qualify for the NJMMP?

    Yes. A physician must certify that a patient has an approved debilitating medical condition to participate in the MMP. 

    Health care practitioners must be registered with the program in order to authorize your eligibility. A list of health care practitioners is available on the NJMMP website. Under the ‘Patient’ tab, select the option that says ‘Find a Doctor’. This will assist you in locating a health care practitioner in their area.

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  • Can I have a caregiver?

    Yes. You may have a caregiver if your condition is so severe you cannot physically go to your alternative treatment center (ATC) alone. You may designate up to two caregivers.

    A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without your presence. They are usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card.

    Caregivers are required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background investigation. The fingerprinting forms will be available once the caregiver has begun the online registration.

  • Are there application fees for patients and caregivers?

    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)

    Review examples of sample documents.

  • How much medical cannabis can I purchase as a registered qualifying patient?

    Medical marijuana will be packaged in 1/4 or 1/8 ounce denominations. The patient’s health care practitioner will determine the proper dosage; however, the maximum amount currently allowed by law is 3 ounces in a 30-day period, unless the patient is terminal in which case the amount is unlimited.

  • Can I grow my own marijuana in New Jersey?

    No.

  • Is medicinal marijuana covered by Medicaid or any other health plans?

    No, medicinal marijuana is not a covered service under Medicaid or any other health plans in the State of New Jersey.

  • I have opioid use disorder. Am I eligible to get medicinal marijuana?

    As of January 2019, opioid use disorder qualifies as a standalone debilitating medical condition for the MMP so long as the patient is also undergoing medication-assisted therapy (MAT).  Therefore, opioid use disorder patients are eligible for medicinal marijuana if they suffer from chronic, painful withdrawal symptoms or as an adjunct treatment to their current MAT regimen. 

  • What should I tell my employer if I am subjected to a drug test?

    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.

  • Where will a qualifying patient be able to smoke medical marijuana?

    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.