The New Jersey Department of Health has announced amended medical marijuana rules that establish standards by which the department implements the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.
The rule changes follow the department’s recommended regulatory actions in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 6, which charged the department with reviewing all aspects of the program to expand access and eliminate bureaucratic barriers, according to a press release.
“These rules solidify key program reforms to ensure greater patient access to this effective therapy,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “With these changes, the department will be able to add conditions more rapidly, remove barriers for minors and increase supply of product available.”
The rule codifies the following changes that are already in effect:
• Reducing the registration fee for qualifying patients and their caregivers from $200 to $100;
• Adding seniors and military veterans to those eligible for the reduced registration fee of $20;
• Authorizing qualifying patients to designate up to two primary caregivers instead of just one;
• Reflecting the addition of seven “debilitating medical conditions” – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, chronic pain of visceral origin, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, Tourette syndrome and Opioid Use Disorder;