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:
- Patient must have a qualifying condition and get a medical marijuana certificate.
- Patient must fill out an application form and list their caregiver.
- Caregiver must submit to a criminal background check.
- Once approved, the patient and their caregiver will receivie a medical marijuana identification card.