How Do You Apply for A New Jersey Cannabis Card?

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state of New Jersey since 2010, with the passage of the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). The program is administered by the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program, and you must submit an application to the Division in order to receive a cannabis card.

Applying for medical marijuana in New Jersey is a simple, straightforward process -- here’s how to do it.

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Step 1: Identify Your Qualifying Condition

To qualify for a marijuana card in New Jersey, you must have one of the qualifying conditions that the state has approved for medical cannabis use.

These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Opioid addiction

You can find a complete list of New Jersey’s qualifying conditions at the bottom of this page.

If you don’t have a condition on the state-approved list, but believe your condition could benefit from medical marijuana use, you do have options available to you. CUMMA allows you to submit a petition to the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to add another condition to the list.

Step 2: Find A Qualified Doctor

You will need to receive a certification from a New Jersey physician registered with the state’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) to apply for your cannabis card. The doctor will evaluate your qualifying condition, determine whether or not cannabis will help your condition, and provide you with the documentation necessary to apply for your card.

You will need to establish a bona fide relationship with your doctor by:

  • Maintaining a physician-patient relationship for at least one year
  • Seeing your doctor for your debilitating condition for at least four visits
  • Or having your physician assume responsibility for your debilitating condition after conducting a comprehensive review of your medical history and a physical exam

Many New Jersey patients struggle with finding a doctor willing to provide medical marijuana certifications. Contact the Sanctuary to connect with a qualified physician near you.

Step 3: Submit an Application to the MMP

With certification in hand, you can now apply for a marijuana card through the New Jersey MMP. You can complete your application online, and will need to take the following steps.

  • Enter the required information from your physician certification
  • Provide a recent photograph, proof of New Jersey residency, and a government-issued photo ID
  • Select your preferred Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), which you can change at any time
  • Complete your patient certification

The MMP will review your application and once you’re approved, you’ll need to pay a $100 registration fee. You may be eligible for a reduced $20 fee if you are a veteran, senior citizen, or receiving certain state and federal assistance.

Step 4: Visit an ATC Near You

After you have your medical marijuana card in hand, you can visit any of the ATCs operating throughout New Jersey. The state currently only allows for six ATCs to operate, with locations including Union, Montclair, and Woodbridge.

Contact the Sanctuary Today

Interested in applying for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey? Unsure where to begin? Need a doctor who can advocate for your right to medicinal cannabis? The Sanctuary Wellness Institute is here to help.

We connect New Jersey patients with qualified physicians who have the appropriate credentials to issue medical marijuana certifications. Contact the Sanctuary today at (479) 319-2673 to learn more about the process and schedule your evaluation.