Five new conditions have been added to the newly expanded medical marijuana program – among other changes – in the U.S. state of New Jersey on Tuesday.
These five conditions include anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic visceral pain, the official page of New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy said.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal will also “be able to add additional conditions at his discretion,” the page said.
Reduced FeesFees for medical marijuana patients were also lowered. Now, the biennial patient registration fee
isdown from $200 to $100.
Veterans and seniors – 65 and older – are also added to the list of those who qualify for the $20 discounted registration fee.
“Those on government assistance, including federal disability, already receive the reduced fee,” it added.
No More One Caregiver
Patients no longer are stuck to the one-caregiver limit.
Also, doctors are not required to be registered in order for them to give medical marijuana prescriptions.
However, the website of New Jersey’s Department of Health “will continue to be available for physicians who would like to publicize their availability and willingness to offer medical marijuana as a treatment option for patients.”
Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) will also have the freedom to open in different locations.
“The Department also proposes amending its rules to allow future ATCs to specialize in specific areas of the business such as cultivating, dispensing, or manufacturing, without having to do all three,” it said. “The administration believes that this will add flexibility and specialization to the industry, ultimately improving access for patients.”
So far, there are currently, 18,574 patients, 536 physicians, and 869 caregivers partaking in New Jersey’s medical program. These figures are considered to be much smaller than comparably populated states.
There are 220,000 patients registered in Michigan, a similarly sized state, for example.