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N.J. Medical Marijuana Program Open To Patients

Posted on  August 09, 2012 by  News Admin

Doctors Able to Register Patients and Patients Will Receive ID Cards  State Website Updated With Comprehensive Information Including Interactive Map for Finding Doctors  Patients, Families and Advocates Celebrate Long-Awaited Milestone It's been a long wait -- too long, for many patients who never lived to see the day -- but legal medical marijuana is coming to New Jersey. The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act reached will reach a major milestone on Thursday when the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services opens the patient registration process. Doctors who are treating qualifying patients will then be able to enter those patients into the patient registration system. Those patients can then apply for the registration cards that will allow them to purchase medical marijuana at one of the state's Alternative Treatment Centers. The first center, in Montclair, expects to begin dispensing medical marijuana to patients in September or October. New Jersey's medical marijuana law unfortunately doesn't allow home cultivation by patients. The law was enacted on January 18, 2010 but the implementation process has been slow, due to what many activists see as deliberate foot-dragging on the part of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The law legalizing medical marijuana was signed by Christie's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, on his last day in office. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Program, updated its website earlier this week with comprehensive information, including patient registration information. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director for Drug Policy Alliance...