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How to get a medical card in New Jersey.

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    Register Online with Leafwell and Discuss Medical Marijuana with Your Doctor

    You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a NJ medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

  2. 2

    Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card.

  3. 3

    Complete application on the government website

    Enter all of your details and submit your physician’s certification to the state government’s website. The cost of the application is $50, payable to the state. Individuals receiving state assistance may be eligible for a reduced fee of $20.

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    Apply for a Card with the State of New Jersey

    If approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within 7-10 business days. Please note that Leafwell will not be sending you the card – this is issued by the state.

    There is a $50 fee payable to the New Jersey government which covers the cost of the application process. Those on state assistance may be able to get their card for a reduced fee of $20.

Benefits of Getting a New Jersey Medical Card

  • No waiting! Most New Jersey dispensaries have a separate checkout line specifically for medical cardholders
  • No sales tax on dispensary purchases
  • Lower age for legal use – 18 compared to 21, and minors can qualify if they have a chronic, debilitating condition
  • Access to a greater number of products, including high THC products
  • Greater purchase limits – 1 oz. recreationals vs. 3 oz. every 30 days medical
  • Special dispensary deals are often made available to medical patients

About Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

Both medical and adult use of cannabis is legal in New Jersey. NJ has a well-established medical marijuana program.

In 2010, Governor Jon Corzine signed a number of bills into law on his last day in office, including S. 119, the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, permitting the use of medical cannabis. Adult use cannabis is legal for those aged 21 or over.

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How to qualify

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in New Jersey, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

- NJ Driver's License, State ID or County ID
- A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for medical cannabis for themselves.

  1. Information for caregivers
    • Caregivers must be aged 18 or over.
    • Minors will need a registered caregiver.

Medical Conditions

According to New Jersey law, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey:

Possession and Growing

The possession limits for those with a valid medical marijuana card in New Jersey is 3 ounces in a 30-day period.

Medical marijuana will be packaged in ¼- or ⅛-ounce denominations.

Currently, edibles are available for all qualifying patients under A20, Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act.

Smoking medicinal marijuana falls within the definition of "smoking" as set forth in the Smoke Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57, and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Smoke Free Air Act.

Cultivating cannabis is illegal in the state of New Jersey for qualified NJ medical marijuana patients.

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Medical Marijuana patients in New Jersey can have a caregiver.

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

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    A primary caregiver is a person who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana. The primary caregiver cannot be the patient’s physician and must be a resident of New Jersey. The primary caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony drug offense. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.

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    You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey for yourself, but those aged under 18 can qualify as minors if they have a caregiver. There was significant controversy in New Jersey regarding medical marijuana for children in New Jersey ("Pot for Tots"), but provisions were made in 2013. It is now possible for those aged under 18 to qualify for medicinal cannabis in NJ.

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    As of March 2018, caregivers may provide for more than one patient at a time. An "institutional caregiver/s" is defined as "an employee of a health care facility who is authorized to assist qualifying patients who are patients or residents at the health care facility with the medical use of cannabis, including obtaining medical cannabis for the patient from a medical cannabis dispensary or clinical registrant and accepting deliveries of medical cannabis for the patient."

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    A minor can have up to two caregivers. There is no application fee for parents or legal guardians of minor patients, so we recommend applying for two caregiver cards, where possible.


New Jersey recognizes medical marijuana cards from other states in the US (including its territories). New Jersey has medical marijuana reciprocity.

A New Jersey medical marijuana card is recognized by some other states with medical marijuana reciprocity. New Jersey itself is a state that has medical marijuana reciprocity but patients must apply for a temporary card – Leafwell provides this service. However, most states do not have such laws on their books.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C
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Frequently asked questions in New Jersey

How much does a New Jersey Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 for a 1-year physician’s certificate at Leafwell

State application fee = $50. However, those on state assistance programs may be able to get a reduced fee of $20. You can qualify for the reduced rate if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • Senior Citizen, age 65 and older
  • Military Veteran (submit DD-214 Form)
  • Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Submit “Verification of Benefits” letter from SSA.GOV
  • NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Temporary Disability Benefits
  • Medicare-under the age of 65

Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or Severe Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Intractable Skeletal-Muscular Spasticity
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs, e.g. Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nausea/Vomiting – Severe
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Seizure Disorders, including Epilepsy (if resistant to conventional therapy)
  • Terminal Illness (If the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life)
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in New Jersey online?

There are four simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in New Jersey:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a New Jersey licensed physician online.
  2. Get approved and download your doctor’s certificate.
  3. Log into the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program to submit your doctor’s certificate and application.
  4. Receive your medical card and legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey. Caregivers must also be 18 years of age.

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. A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have a caregiver if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where they cannot physically go to their alternative treatment center (ATC) by themselves. Patients may designate up to two caregivers.

A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence.

Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient; usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card. There is a fee of $50 for a caregiver identification card, unless the caregiver is a senior citizen, military veteran, or receives certain forms of government assistance. The reduced fee is $20.

To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Patient must have a qualifying condition and get a medical marijuana certificate.
  2. Patient must fill out an application form and list their caregiver.
  3. Caregiver must submit to a criminal background check.
  4. Once approved, the patient and their caregiver will receivie a medical marijuana identification card.
How do I apply for the state program in New Jersey?

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Leafwell Physician Certification – 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 patient 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)
  • Debit or credit card

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 registry.
  3. Verify, complete and upload required patient information
  4. Enter the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) of choice. This can be changed at any time
  5. For patients with caregivers: 
    1. If you wish to register a caregiver, and they are not an immediate family member, they must get a criminal background check via fingerprints. There is a printable form on the bottom of the page where you upload your documents.
    2. Complete required caregiver information and upload ID documents
  6. The state has up to 30 days to review your application. You will be notified via email on how to proceed.
  7. Approved applicants will be emailed instructions on the MMP e-payment process to pay the card fee ($50). Both patients and caregivers must pay the MMP fee.
    1. Login to the state site and click “payment” (you will need your patient reference number).
    2. Click submit and complete the required information (as noted by the red asterisk).
  8. Once the fee is processed you will receive your card from the state in 7-10 business days.
  9. Legally purchase cannabis from an approved dispensary.
    1. Always take your medical card and photo ID when shopping at a dispensary.

Please note: 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!