In early 2010, outgoing governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine signed into law a bill permitting the use of medical cannabis for people with qualifying conditions. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV / AIDS, seizure disorder, Lou Gehrig’s disease, severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and any terminal illness.
As of 2015, 5,540 patients were registered as part of the program. In 2016, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was also added to the list of conditions that qualify a person for a cannabis prescription. Also, just this year, the state Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel recommended a number of other illnesses and health statuses be added to the list of qualifying conditions, including migraines, Tourette syndrome, autism-related anxiety, chronic pain, and Alzheimer’s disease-related anxiety.
Patients who qualify can have no more than 2 ounces of dried cannabis a month, although their doctors may recommend less. There are also 5 state-licensed alternative treatment centers that sell medical marijuana to patients who have a prescription. Growing your own cannabis is still illegal.
According to the law, patients are not allowed to apply directly to the program. Instead, a physician who is treating the patient must recommend him or her for cannabis treatment. There are around 28,000 registered physicians in New Jersey, but only 517 have volunteered to enroll in the medicinal marijuana physician registry since it opened in 2012.
If you’ve been arrested for possession of marijuana, even if you have a prescription, talk to one of our Bergen County drug crimes attorneys about your case as soon as possible. Brickfield & Donahue is dedicated to providing clients with skilled, dedicated, and aggressive legal representation. Let us see what we can do to defend your rights.
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