On March 27, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy announced the substantial expansion of the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) under New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), which includes the following:
The creation of the Medical Marijuana Division in the Department of Health, to be headed by newly appointed Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey A. Brown;
- Expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions and streamlining the process for the addition of debilitating conditions;
- Reducing the MMP registration fee from $200 to $100, and including veterans and senior citizens among those qualified for the reduced $20 registration fee;
- Permitting qualifying patients to have two registered primary caretakers authorized to obtain medical marijuana for them.
- Expediting the application process for future alternative treatment centers (ATCs);
- Permitting ATCs to dispense medical marijuana at satellite locations and cultivate medical marijuana at more than one cultivation site;
- Creating separate endorsements for ATC permits, allowing ATCs to engage in one or more specializations (cultivation, manufacturing, or dispensing);
- Eliminating the mandatory registry for physicians interested in providing care to MMP patients; and
- Working with the Legislature to amend CUMMA to permit (1) patient registration at more than one ATC; (2) adult use of edibles; and (3) marijuana to be used as a first-line treatment for certain conditions.
All changes to the MMP, and recommended changes to CUMMA, can be found in the Department of Health’s March 26, 2018 Report, which is available at http://www.state.nj.us/health/medicalmarijuana/documents/EO6Report_Final.pdf.