A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in New Jersey

Hoping to register for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey? We have you covered. Here are five simple steps on getting yourself qualified, registered, and ready to purchase some medical cannabis in the Garden State:

  1. Meet with your approved physician, either online or in-person
  2. Apply online through the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program (MPP)
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Pay the fees
  5. Receive your card and start shopping

Recently, New Jersey amended the MMP to make it easier for more patients to reap the benefits of medical cannabis. If you didn’t qualify prior to 2018, there is a good chance you do now.

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in New Jersey?

To qualify for an MMJ card in New Jersey, the state requires the following:

  • You must be a resident of New Jersey
  • You must be diagnosed with at least one of the following qualifying medical conditions listed in the program
  • You must have a well-established relationship with an MMP-approved physician. This is defined as a doctor who has/is:
    • Been treating/seeing the patient for at least one year; or
    • Seen/assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition at least four times; or
    • Comfortable with assuming 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.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in New Jersey?

New Jersey approves MMJ cards for these severe medical conditions:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • 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 a prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live
  • Tourette Syndrome

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in New Jersey

1: Meet With An MMP-Approved Physician 

First thing’s first, you have to make sure you have an established relationship with an MMP-approved physician. In New Jersey, this type of doctor-patient relationship is defined as one that’s occurred for at least one year, where the patient has visited at least four times for the qualifying condition, or if the physician approves you for your condition after an extensive exam and awareness of potential liability. 

You can find a list of MMP-approved doctors on the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program website to make the process easy.

2: Apply Online Through The New Jersey MMP

The next step to getting your MMJ card is simply to apply online. Through https://njmpp.nj.gov/, you’ll be asked to fill out your personal information and provide the necessary documents. To apply, you will need a clear photograph of yourself, a state or Government-issued ID, and proof of residency. 

3: Wait for Approval

After you send in your documentation and application, the program will then evaluate and respond via email. If you’re approved, you will be emailed instructions on how to pay your card fees.

4: Pay Your Fees

The general fee for your MMJ card is $100, though many people qualify for a reduced fee. Check out NJ Health’s Division of Medicinal Marijuana website to see if you qualify!

5: Get Your Medical Card in New Jersey!

After 7-10 business days, your New Jersey MMJ card should show up safe and sound in your mailbox. At that point, you’re ready to start purchasing legal medical cannabis in your area.