New Jersey medical marijuana

Yes, medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey! The Garden State legalized MMJ back in 2010, becoming the 14th state in the US to do so.

Unfortunately, once Gov. Chris Christie took office in late January 2010, he stalled the legislation, preventing the medical marijuana program from opening for another two years. It wasn’t until August of 2012 that New Jersey finally started allowing patients onto the medical marijuana registry.

For a while, edibles weren’t legal in New Jersey for medical patients. However, recently, the state has finally updated its New Jersey marijuana laws, allowing for edible forms of cannabis. Soon, you’ll be able to buy edibles capped at 100 mg. of THC.

Does New Jersey accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards?

Yes! New Jersey allows out-of-state medical patients to purchase and possess cannabis from licensed dispensaries. You can have a medical card from any other state in the US and New Jersey will find your card valid and worthy of purchasing.

Out-of-state consumers can legally purchase and possess New Jersey MMJ for up to six months while visiting.

How much marijuana can you have with a medical card? 

If you have a New Jersey medical card, you can possess up to three ounces — or 85 grams — within a 30-day period. However, those who are terminally ill or in hospice care do not have a monthly allotment and can purchase as much medical cannabis as they require.

Adult consumers can possess up to six ounces of cannabis or 17 grams of hash. Any more and this is a crime of the fourth degree.

How much does medical marijuana cost in New Jersey?

The cost of medical marijuana in New Jersey depends on where you purchase it from. However, on average, you’ll find that cannabis products in the Garden State are a bit higher than in other legalized states throughout the US. 

Studies have shown that NJ patients pay an average of $320 to $480 per ounce. In most states, consumers pay closer to $250 for an ounce of cannabis.

Where can I buy medical marijuana in New Jersey? 

You can purchase your New Jersey recreational weed — and medical cannabis — from dispensaries all throughout the state.

As long as you have your medical card, or are at least 21 years old, you can walk into any licensed dispensary and purchase medical cannabis. 

According to New Jersey dispensary laws, you must have your medical card or proof of identification to make a purchase.

How to get a medical card in New Jersey

In order to get your New Jersey medical card, you have to first meet with a qualified physician. This physician will determine whether or not you have at least one of the state’s listed qualifying medical conditions for MMJ. If they approve you, they will give you a recommendation that you will use to register on the NJMMP website.

During registration, prospective patients have to include a recent photo of themselves, a government-issued ID or other proof of NJ residency, and your registration fee — either $100 or $20. After you submit the necessary documentation, you’ll hear back from the state in a few weeks, get your New Jersey medical card, and be well on your way to purchasing medical cannabis.

LEARN MORE: Medical Marijuana in New Jersey: What to Know | How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey

How much is a medical card?

The registration fee for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey is a flat $100. However, if you’re a military veteran, senior, or require government assistance, then your registration fee is only $20.

On top of this, you’re going to have to pay for the doctor’s appointment where you obtain your medical card recommendation. This fee will vary depending on the company you utilize, but prices can range anywhere from $100 – $200. Here at Elevate Holistics, we can help you get your MMJ card recommendation for just $125.

What qualifies for a medical card in NJ?

To qualify for medical cannabis in The Garden State, you have to be diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition. Below, we’ve listed the current New Jersey medical marijuana qualifying conditions: 

Who is eligible for a marijuana card? 

You’re eligible for a New Jersey medical card if you’re at least 18 years of age, a New Jersey resident, and have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed above. 

Minors are also eligible for MMJ cards if they have a caregiver (typically a parent or guardian) complete the registration process and purchase the cannabis for them. However, they must also have at least one qualifying condition and be an NJ resident.

LEARN MORE: The New Jersey Caregiver Process

Are there any dispensaries in New Jersey?

Yes, there are numerous dispensaries throughout the state of New Jersey. Although, some towns and municipalities have banned MMJ business, so you may not find dispensaries everywhere.

For a comprehensive list, you can click here.

Can I grow medical marijuana in New Jersey?

Unfortunately, at-home cultivation is not currently legal in New Jersey for consumers, patients, or caregivers.