The “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" became law in January 2010. It went into effect on October 1, 2010.
For a copy of the law, see: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/307_.PDF
The law removes the state-wide penalties for the possession and use of up to two ounces of marijuana a month when a New Jersey licensed physician recommends it for a patient with one of the qualifying medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, etc.
The physician must have an on-going responsibility for the patient’s condition. Patients may be issued ID cards in the program run by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). Patients may designate a caregiver to assist them with obtaining and using the marijuana.
The caregiver must also register with DOH and must undergo a criminal background check. The marijuana will be obtained from Alternative Treatment Centers were to be set up in the north, central and southern parts of the state. The ATCs will be tightly regulated by the NJ DOH and the Department of Law and Public Safety. New Jersey and Delaware are unique among the 18 medical marijuana states in that they prohibit home cultivation of medical marijuana.
Specific information about how to apply to the DOH for ID cards as a qualified patient or caregiver is available from the State of New Jersey Medicinial Marijuana Program (NJ MMP). The DOH regulations were revised in mid-January, 2011. A Resolution passed both houses of the NJ Legisalture that could still be pursued to force DOH to invalidate all or parts of the regulations. Nevertheless, the DOH has awarded permits on March 21, 2011 to six non-profit organizations to run ATCs in NJ. A single ATC has opened in Montclair, NJ but has been serving patients infrequently. After almost three years, only two additional centers are approaching full certification to operate.
CMMNJ meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at the Lawrence Twp. Library from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. All are welcome. Snacks are served. The library is at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246. (It's at the corner of Business Rt. 1 and Darrah Lane in Mercer County.) We also have Patient Advisory Groups (to add qualifying conditions to the law) and an ATC Advisory Group that meet at various locations.
CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits of safe and legal access to medical marijuana. Donations to CMMNJ are income tax deductible. Help us to continue our mission with your generous financial support. Donations may be made via PayPal (click the link on our website) or send a check made out to “CMMNJ” to the address below. Donations of $15 or more qualify for a CMMNJ t-shirt—specify size. Thank you.
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. www.cmmnj.org