Healthy New Jersey

Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Medicinal Cannabis Program

New Jersey’s Medicinal Cannabis Program (previously the Medicinal Marijuana Program) helps registered patients under the care of licensed healthcare practitioners safely access cannabis-based medicine from regulated and monitored facilities. 
As part of medicinal treatment, patients receive cannabis orders from their doctor or other healthcare practitioner of up to 84 grams for every 30-day period. Cannabis orders are filled at one of the state-licensed Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) or dispensaries across New Jersey. Patients unable to travel to a dispensary may designate and register caregivers to make purchases on their behalf.

The Medicinal Cannabis Program now offers free digital ID cards for new and renewing patients and caregivers. Existing patients and caregivers can request a digital ID card during renewal. New patients and caregivers will be eligible to receive a free digital ID card during enrollment. New and renewing patients and caregivers can also request a physical ID card for a $10 charge. Renewal reminders are sent 60 days before the current ID expires. Patients and caregivers may renew at any time after that.

Do I Qualify?

To become a registered patient with the New Jersey Medicinal Cannabis Program (NJMCP), you must:

Maintain a bona fide relationship with a healthcare provider who is registered with the program.

A bona fide relationship is defined as a relationship in which the healthcare practitioner has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a patient’s qualifying medical condition, where:

  • The practitioner-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or
  • The healthcare provider has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or
  • The healthcare provider assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s qualifying medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.

Be a New Jersey resident.

Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey healthcare practitioner registered with the New Jersey Medicinal Cannabis Program.

Approved qualifying medical conditions include:

Becoming a Medicinal Cannabis Patient

  • Determine if your current healthcare provider is a participant in the program or find a participating healthcare practitioner.
  • With an Authorizing Provider Statement from your healthcare provider you will have a reference ID number and a registry ID number to set up an account to complete your application. (If the authorizing provider is not a pediatrician, parents/guardians of minor patients will also need to acquire a Minor Attestation from a pediatrician affirming their belief that the minor is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical application of cannabis.)
  • You will need to create a username and password to set up an account in the Medicinal Cannabis Program patient portal.

Once your account is activated, you will complete the registration process, by:

  • Identifying an Alternative Treatment Center where you will be able to purchase your medicinal cannabis doses. (You will be able to change your ATC in the portal at any time.)
  • Uploading proof of your New Jersey residency
    • A current New Jersey government-issued ID or two proofs of residency 
      • If you do not have a current New Jersey state issued ID reflecting your physical address you may provide two other proofs of residency from the list below:
        • a utility or cell phone bill from the last 90 days
        • a W-2, 1099 Statement, Form 1098, or other correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New Jersey Division of Taxation from the last year that shows patient’s name and address (We do not accept a Form 1040 or Form 1095)
        • Property tax bill, jury summons, Social Security Administration documents, or other federal, state, or local government correspondence issued in the last 90 days that shows patient’s name and address
        • last three monthly bank statements showing the patient’s name and address
        • last three consecutive pay stubs
        • an official deed
  • Selecting your ID card option. Digital ID cards are free, but physical cards will require a $10 payment. Both cards are valid for two years.
  • Uploading a recent full-face, front facing photograph 
    • taken within the last 60 days
    • taken against a plain, white background
    • taken without a hat, or glasses
    • taken with eyes open and facial expression neutral
    • taken without filters

Stay Safe. Stay Legal.

Being a registered Medicinal Cannabis Program (MCP) patient comes with a responsibility to be compliant with New Jersey cannabis-related laws and regulations. Adherence to the law will minimize health risks, and prevent legal infractions.  

  • Patients and caregivers should carry proper identification, including MCP cards, at all times.
  • Medicinal cannabis should be kept in its original labeled packaging.
  • Patients are encouraged to use medicinal cannabis only at home.
  • Keep medicinal cannabis at home and only transport it when absolutely necessary. Understand that the smell cannabis could attract law enforcement attention.
  • Do not share your dose with anyone. Medicinal cannabis is intended solely for the consumption of the registered patient.
  • Do not smoke on federal lands, or in federal buildings.
  • Do not smoke in a private vehicle in motion.
  • The law does not currently permit home grow. Patients and caregivers are not permitted to grow cannabis or be in possession of a cannabis plant.
  • Do not operate an automobile, aircraft, railroad train, stationary heavy equipment or a vessel while under the influence of medicinal cannabis.
  • Do not transport medicinal cannabis across state lines.
  • Return unwanted medicinal cannabis to an ATC. The person returning the cannabis for disposal should present a valid registry identification card, a New Jersey driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

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