A Guide to the Medicinal Cannabis Program for Health Care Practitioners
Physicians who wish to dispense prescriptions for medicinal cannabis must be registered with the Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Medicinal Cannabis Program. Eligibility for enrolment in the program includes:
- holding an active license in good standing with the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners;
- possessing an active, unlimited Controlled Dangerous Substances registration with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; and
- having an active, physical practice within the State of New Jersey.
Physicians must hold a bona fide relationship with any patient they wish to register. The physician must be providing ongoing assessment, care, and treatment of the patient’s debilitating medical condition. To register a patient in the Medicinal Cannabis Program, one of the following must be satisfied:
- The physician-patient relationship must have existed for a least one year.
- The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits.
- The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating 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.
Health care practitioners who wish to participate in the program and refer patients must:
- hold an active medical license in good standing issued by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners,
- possess an active controlled dangerous substance registration issued by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs not subject to limitation, and
- practice in New Jersey.
Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners may join the physician registry.
A health care practitioner may add medical office staff to their registry account through the “Add User” function after log-in. A new user ID and temporary password will be generated when a new user is added and saved.
Email the Medicinal Cannabis Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 609-292-0424 to help you reset your log-in credentials.
Enter your log-in ID and use the “Forgot my password” link on the log-in page.
The Jake Honig Act sets the maximum amount of usable cannabis a patient may be dispensed at 3 oz in a 30-day period. As their physician, you determine their proper dose within and up to that limit.
Terminally ill patients are the exception and have no limits.
Yes. A registered health care practitioner can authorize cannabis use by a registered minor patient.
The authorizing health care practitioner must obtain written confirmation that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefits from the medical use of cannabis to treat or alleviate symptoms associated their debilitating medical condition. That confirmation must come from a health care practitioner trained in the care of pediatric patients following their review of the minor patient’s medical record or examination of the minor patient. This documentation is due at the time the Attending Physician Statement is executed in order for the application to be reviewed.
The authorizing physician must also explain the risks and benefits the medicinal use of marijuana to the minor patient and to the minor patient’s parent or legal custodian, and the explanation documented in the patient’s medical record.
The pediatric physician is not required to be registered with the New Jersey Medicinal Cannabis Program in order to provide that written confirmation.
Register the patient with your practice, with their registry ID. The transfer will be automatic.
You can call (609) 292-0424 with your request. You may also email your request to medcannabis @crc.nj.gov. Include your name, specialty, physician license number, phone number and practice location in your email.
No. Health care practitioners must hold active credentials issued in New Jersey, and have a physical office in the state.