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How getting a medical marijuana card works for a New Jersey resident.

  1. Step 1
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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in minutes.

  2. Step 2
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    Meet Your Provider

    After finishing your application, you’ll be connected with a state-licensed medical professional, typically in 10 minutes or less.

  3. Step 3
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    Get Your Certification

    Once approved, you’ll receive a medical cannabis certification from Leafwell that says your doctor recommends you become a medical cannabis patient.

  4. Step 4
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    Complete Application
    with the State of New Jersey

    Fill out the state application. If approved, the State of New Jersey will make your digital medical card available within 48 hours.

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on how to apply for your New Jersey medical marijuana card.

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Wondering how a New Jersey medical marijuana card can transform your medical cannabis experience?

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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in NJ is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps if you have New Jersey residency and are looking to get a medical marijuana card.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Get Your Medical Marijuana Certification
  3. Register with New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program
  4. Get Your Digital NJ Medical Marijuana Card
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Qualifying Medical Conditions

The following conditions may qualify you for a NJ medical marijuana certificate and card:

  • Addiction Treatment
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anxiety, Panic Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache & Migraine
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and Myotonic Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures/Seizure Disorder, including Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness (with prognosis of less than 12 months to live)
  • Tourette Syndrome

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    To apply for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey, you must have legal New Jersey residency, have a qualifying medical condition, and be at least 18 years old.

    Out of state residents can apply for a 6-month nonrenewable visitor card.

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    Caregivers

    Registered caregivers must be at least 18 and a resident of New Jersey.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes, but minor patients (under 18) must select a designated caregiver to assist with the use of medical cannabis.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a New Jersey medical marijuana certificate and card:

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    You will receive your Attending Healthcare Practitioner’s Statement once approved by a licensed marijuana doctor or healthcare provider. You can download it from your Leafwell profile.

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    Proof of Identity

    New Jersey Driver’s License, NJ State ID, or NJ County ID.

    Note that visiting patients can apply for a 6-month nonrenewable temporary card with the following ID: Out-of-State ID AND Medical Card from home state.

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Next Steps After Approval

Congrats on getting your medical marijuana certification! You’re almost there, but there are a few more steps to get your New Jersey Medical Marijuana Card. Let’s dive in!

Before You Start: You’ll need

  • Attending Healthcare Practitioner’s Statement
  • A valid photo ID

Complete Application: Log into the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program to submit your doctor’s certificate and application within 60 days!

Receive Card: You will receive your digital medical card within 48 hours of your state application’s approval.

Start Shopping: Once you’ve received your medical marijuana card, you can legally purchase products from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

How to Renew Your Card

A medical marijuana card must be renewed every two years in New Jersey. You’ll want to start the renewal process before your card expires to make the renewal process as easy as possible.

What you can expect:

  1. Sign in to Leafwell or register as a renewal patient here if you’re new to Leafwell.
  2. Speak to a New Jersey-licensed healthcare provider online.
  3. Get approved and you may or may not need to submit a new application with the state

See our New Jersey renewal page for more detailed information about renewing New Jersey medical marijuana cards.

*Please be advised that New Jersey’s Medical Cannabis Program switched to a NEW Patient Registry platform on 9/13/2022. All existing patients must create a user account to be able to access the registry. You will need the Registry ID number and Reference number found on your Attending Healthcare Practitioner’s Statement. You will not need to create a user account for subsequent renewals.

Legal Topics

Here are a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws in New Jersey.

  • Patients may not operate, navigate, or control any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel while under the influence of marijuana.
  • Patients cannot smoke medical marijuana:
    • On a school bus or public transportation.
    • In a private vehicle, unless the vehicle is not in operation.
    • In any correctional facility.
    • On school grounds.
    • In any public park, beach, or recreation center.

There are also protections for MMJ cardholders in the workplace.

In May 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that medical cannabis patients could not be fired for failing a drug test.

However, being a medical cannabis patient doesn’t mean you do not have to comply with your employer’s drug testing policies.

Questions about your company’s rules about medical marijuana use should be directed to your human resources department.

Recreational marijuana is legal for adults over 21 in New Jersey. If you do not qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program but are over 21, you can get recreational marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

Caregivers

Patients under 18 or those unable to manage medical cannabis themselves may select a designated caregiver to assist with their use of medical marijuana.

  • A primary caregiver is a person at least 18 who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.
  • The primary caregiver must be a resident of New Jersey and have no convictions for drug offenses. A doctor cannot serve as a caregiver.
  • Caregivers may provide for more than one patient at a time, and a minor can have up to two caregivers.

Reciprocity

New Jersey offers medical marijuana reciprocity to cardholders from other states with medical programs.

Medical cardholders from other states can be considered to be qualifying patients under New Jersey’s medical marijuana program for up to six months while they are visiting the state.

Anyone over 21 can also use recreational cannabis in the state.

Other states that will recognize the medical card of New Jersey cannabis patients include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

FAQs

How much does a New Jersey medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a New Jersey medical marijuana card costs $99 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and save 10% on your consultation.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

    • $99 Initial certificate from Leafwell
    • $99 Renewal certificate from Leafwell
    • $99 Temporary 6-month certificate for out-of-state patients (nonrenewable)

Patients must complete a state application with the New Jersey Medical Cannabis Program to receive their digital medical marijuana card.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, qualifying medical conditions for a medical marijuana card include:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, e.g. Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure Disorder, including Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness (with prognosis of less than 12 months to live)
  • Tourette Syndrome

What do I need to know about applying for my medical cannabis card in New Jersey online?

With Leafwell, applying for a New Jersey medical marijuana card online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a New Jersey-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations are $99, and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. Get approved and download your Attending Healthcare Practioner’s Statement within 48 business hours.
  3. Go to the New Jersey Medical Cannabis Program website to create a user account.
  4. You can then log in to the NJ registry and complete your state-side application. Applications must be completed within 60 days of approval and will typically be reviewed within 14 days.
  5. Once your application is approved, your digital medical card will be available to download within 48 hours.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a New Jersey medical marijuana card.

Minor medical cannabis patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers must also be 18 or older.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in New Jersey can have a caregiver. Caregivers must be registered with the New Jersey Medical Cannabis Program to receive their caregiver card.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age and a New Jersey resident.
  • The patient must initiate caregiver registration. Caregivers can be registered during or after the time of patient registration. The patient will need the caregiver’s photograph, NJ ID, and two proofs of residency if the ID is not current.
    • If a medical marijuana patient adds a caregiver after they have received their ID, the caregiver’s ID will have the same expiration date as the patient which may be within less than two years.
  • Must NOT be the patient’s physician, even if they’re a licensed medical marijuana doctor.
  • Must never have been convicted of possession or selling a controlled substance.
  • A medical cannabis patient can have up to two (2) caregivers. Caregivers can be a patient as well.
  • For non-immediate family members: Complete a criminal background check and fingerprint submission. This will be made available during the registration process.
    • Fee required (price may vary).
    • You will receive an email once your background check and forms have successfully cleared.
    • During renewals, you do not have to fingerprint again, however, you do have to pay a fee for another background check. Renewals are every two (2) years.

Here’s how the caregiver process works:

  1. The medical marijuana patient must initiate the caregiver registration during or after their own registration. The patient will need the caregiver’s photograph, NJ-issued ID, and two proofs of residency if the ID is not current.
  2. Caregiver must submit to a criminal background check.
  3. Once approved, the medical cannabis patient and their caregiver will receive their digital medical cards.

State Resources:

How do I apply for the state program in New Jersey?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Attending Healthcare Practitioner’s Statement – which includes your reference number
  • Recent Photograph (within 60 days, plain background, no hats/glasses, neutral expression)
  • Government Issued photo ID, e.g.:
    • Current NJ Driver’s License
    • Current NJ Non-Driver’s ID issued by NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
    • NJ County ID showing the patient’s name and address
  • Proof of residence, e.g.:
    • Utility bill (dated within 90 days)
    • Correspondence from IRS or New Jersey Division of Taxation (dated within 1 year)
    • Federal, State, or local government correspondence (dated within 90 days)
    • 3 x Bank statements (for each of the previous 3 months)

Getting Your New Jersey medical marijuana card:

  1. Create a NJ Medical Cannabis Patient user account for either an adult or minor.
  2. Once created, log in on the state website to complete your registration.
  3. Verify, complete, and upload required patient information.
  4. Enter the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) of your choice. This can be changed at any time.
  5. For patients with caregivers: 
    1. If you wish to register a caregiver who is not an immediate family member, they must get a criminal background check via fingerprints. A printable form is at the bottom of the page where you upload your documents.
    2. Complete the required caregiver information and upload ID documents.
  6. The state will review your application, typically within 14 days. If any corrections are required, you will be notified.
  7. Once your application is approved, your digital medical marijuana card will be available to download within 48 hours.
  8. Medical marijuana patients can legally purchase cannabis from an approved dispensary. Always take your medical card and photo ID when shopping at a dispensary.

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You have 60 days from the date on your doctor’s certificate to complete the state side of the application process!  The sooner you complete the process, the better!

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