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Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Healthcare Providers

A Guide to the Medicinal Cannabis Program for Healthcare Practitioners

Healthcare providers who wish to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients must be registered with the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Medicinal Cannabis Program. Eligibility for enrollment in the program includes:

  • being a doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), physician assistant, or nurse practictioner
  • 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.

Healthcare providers must hold a bona fide relationship with any patient they wish to register. The healthcare provider must be providing ongoing assessment, care, and treatment of the patient’s medical condition (from the approved conditions list). To register a patient in the Medicinal Cannabis Program, one of the following must be satisfied:

  • The healthcare provider-patient relationship must have existed for at least one year.
  • The healthcare provider has seen and/or assessed the patient for the medical condition on at least four visits.
  • The healthcare provider assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s 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 Healthcare Providers reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.


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