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New Jersey Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Medical Marijuana

On January 11, 2010, Senate Bill 119 was approved by the House 48-14 and the Senate 25-13, and was effectively signed into law by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine on January 18, 2010 (effective six months from enactment).

Senate Bill 119 legally protects “patients who use marijuana to alleviate suffering from debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians, primary caregivers, and those who are authorized to produce marijuana for medical purposes, from arrest, prosecution, property forfeiture, and criminal and other penalties”. 

In addition SB 119 also provides for the creation of alternative treatment centers, “at least two each in the northern, central, and southern regions of the state. The first two centers issued a permit in each region shall be nonprofit entities, and centers subsequently issued permits may be nonprofit or for-profit entities”.


New Jersey Department of Health (DOH)
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 
Phone: 609-292-0424
Email: New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program
Website: New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

New Jersey patients are NOT allowed to cultivate their own medical marijuana. The New Jersey DOH announced the locations for six nonprofit alternative treatment centers (ATCs), on March 21, 2011, from which the patient may obtain their medical marijuana. Five of the proposed cannabis collectives, were operational by March 01, 2016.
The New Jersey Patient Registry fee is $200 and is valid for two years, for patients qualifying for state or federal assistance programs, the fee is reduced to $20 — Medicaid does NOT cover medical marijuana. The New Jersey Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.

The State of New Jersey has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per New Jersey state guidelines. 

Since the New Jersey medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new New Hampshire medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the New Jersey medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following New Jersey medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of New Jersey’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in New Jersey.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of New Hampshire’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.


On September 10, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law. Senate Bill 2842, amended the law, following legislative adoption of his conditional veto. SB 2842 allows qualifying minors, with approval from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist, may use edible forms of marijuana.
Six months after it was enacted, S119 was expected to become effective, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, DHHS, and the legislature, were unable to come to an agreement on the details of how the program should be run.

On October 06, 2010, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, released draft rulesoutlining the application and registration process. On December 06, 2010, a public hearing was held at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, reported the New Jersey Register.

On December 20, 2011, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 140 was submitted by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D), the lead sponsor of the medical marijuana bill. SCR 140 declared that the “Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent”. On January 20, 2010, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee, held a public hearing to debate SCR 140, and its similar counterpart, SCR 130.

On February 03, 2011, the Department of Health released the proposed new rules that plan to streamline the permit process for cultivating and dispensing medical cannabis, and prohibit home delivery by alternative treatment centers. In addition the rule requires that “conditions originally named in the Act be resistant to conventional medical therapy in order to qualify as debilitating medical conditions”.

On August 09, 2012 the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program’s website opened the patient registration system. Patients are required to have a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, a government-issued ID, and proof of New Jersey residency to register. The first of the appointed alternative care center’s is expected to open in September.

On October 16, 2012, the Green Leaf Compassion Center became the first dispensary to receive a permitfrom the Department of Health, allow it to legally open, operate and dispense marijuana, as an “Alternative Treatment Center”. On December 06, 2012, the location became the first center to open to patients. 


In the state of New Jersey, physicians determine how much medical marijuana a patients needs, and provides written instructions to be presented to the alternative treatment center, i.e. medical marijuana dispensary. The state imposed limit of medical marijuana, for a 30-day period, is maximum two ounces. 


Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in New Jersey in our definitive guide of New Jersey’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.


Read New Jersey’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of New Jersey’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print New Jersey’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into New Jersey’s laws for his knowledge.


Find out how to obtain a{n} New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to New Jersey’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know New Jersey’s requirements.


Our list of New Jersey Medical Marijuana Facts will help you seperate the facts from the myths in New Jersey’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.