New Jersey (NJ) Medical Marijuana Laws

Senate Bill 119 was signed into law in 2010 but was amended and delayed by lawmakers later that year. Eligible patients with a physician’s recommendation must submit an application to the state, which issues identification cards. Rules for New Jersey’s medical marijuana program were posted in early 2011 (PDF).

  • Illnesses: cancer; glaucoma; epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; Lou Gehrig’s disease; muscular dystrophy; HIV/AIDS; Crohn’s disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease; any terminal illness if the physician has determined that patient will die within 1 year (other conditions subject to state approval)
  • Possession: 2 ounces of usable marijuana per month
  • Cultivation: Not allowed under current law
  • Dispensaries: Plan is to create up to six state-licensed “alternative treatment centers”
  • Caregivers: Must be 18 or older; cannot have a conviction for a felony drug offense; can only have one qualifying patient at a time
  • Patient Registration Information: New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program