While purchasing and consuming medical marijuana may be easy for some, it isn’t accessible for every person. Along with accessibility, many states don’t allow those under 18 to apply for MMJ cards themselves. But what if they have a qualifying medical condition? Well, that’s where the New Jersey caregiver process comes into play. 

New Jersey caregivers are a huge part of the medical marijuana program within the Garden State. However, many people aren’t familiar with what these individuals do, or even how to become a caregiver themselves. That’s why we’re here to explain it all. Below, we’ve thoroughly covered the ins and outs of the New Jersey caregiver process. 

What Are New Jersey Caregivers?

First thing’s first: what are caregivers? When we talk about caregivers, we’re referring to people who the state has designated to purchase, transfer, and occasionally administer medical cannabis products for those who cannot. This can refer to minors, as the law does not allow those under 18 to have a medical card independently. The program will assign caregivers on behalf of those who may not be able to access cannabis easily, either due to an age-related issue or disability. 

Caregivers must go through a similar process as those getting their medical marijuana cards. It requires specific paperwork and typically a background check or fingerprint analysis depending on the state to ensure the potential caregiver’s qualifications. 

Once you’ve received your caregiver’s license, you’re allowed to go to dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana on behalf of your patient. Typically, designated caregivers will be a parent or guardian for minors, while those with disabilities may have a friend, family member, or medical professional become their caregiver. It’s entirely up to you! 

Why Be A Caregiver?

So, why would someone choose to become a caregiver? There are a lot of different reasons! Usually, you’re simply interested in wanting to help out someone close to you. Imagine finding a medication that works for you but not being able to obtain it when you need it. That’s essentially what happens with minors and those with disabilities or accessibility complications: getting their MMJ is practically impossible without someone else’s help. 

Thus, becoming a caregiver allows someone else to effortlessly (and lawfully) enjoy the beauty of medical marijuana. 

New Jersey Caregiver Qualifications 

The New Jersey caregiver process is a fairly straightforward one. To qualify in the Garden State, as long as you fall under the following categories, you should be set to become a caregiver yourself. Here are the necessary qualifications to be an NJ caregiver:

  • You must be a New Jersey resident 
  • You have to be at least 18 years old or older
  • Agree to assist your patient with the use/consumption of medical marijuana
  • Submit to a criminal history/background check
  • You cannot be the patient’s physician 

New Jersey Caregiver Process FAQs

Can an NJ caregiver have more than one patient? 

Yes, in New Jersey, a designated caregiver may work for more than one patient at a time.

Can caregivers also be MMJ patients in New Jersey?

Yes, New Jersey caregivers are allowed to be medical marijuana patients themselves.  

What happens if you have a criminal history? 

Unfortunately, if you have a criminal history, you cannot obtain a caregiver’s license or purchase medical marijuana on someone’s behalf. That is why the New Jersey caregiver process requires a criminal history background check to ensure everything is clear. 

How much does the New Jersey caregiver process cost?

The registration fee to become a New Jersey caregiver is $100. However, if the caregiver is a veteran, senior, or receives forms of government assistance, the fee is reduced significantly to just $20. 

How to Apply to Be A New Jersey Caregiver

Luckily, applying to be a New Jersey caregiver is quite a simple process, as long as you have what you need. To do so, you’ll start by heading over to New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program website and filling out an application. 

Here, you’ll be required to upload various documents to prove proof of identification, residency, and more. You must upload a clear, unedited version of a photo of yourself against a white background. The image has to be in either JPEG or GIF form.

You also have to have some form of government-issued ID. This can be an NJ County ID card, a current NJ digital non-driver ID card, or a current NJ digital license. 

Along with proof of ID, you need to prove that you’re a current New Jersey resident. You can do this through the submission of a utility bill issued within the past 90 days (as long as it shows your current address and name) or any proof of correspondence between you and the IRS or NJ State tax office within the past year. 

Finally, the NJMMP will ask you to print and fill out their Criminal Background Investigation Form to ensure no legal issues prevent you from becoming a New Jersey caregiver. Once you’ve filled all of this out and attached the proper documents, you will pay the registration fee and submit your information. Soon, the MMP will reach out with a decision on your caregiver status. 

Let Elevate Be Your Helping Hand

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of this information? Don’t worry! Elevate is here to be your helping hand. The cannabis experts behind Elevate Holistics are here to assist you in every way, from becoming a medical patient to walking you through the New Jersey caregiver process. No matter what you need help with, clarification on, or if you’re simply just curious about New Jersey’s MMJ program, Elevate Holistics has your back. 

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