The Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry begins today in New Jersey, as the Department of Health allows qualified patients and their caregivers to apply for identification cards.
“The Department has made every effort to make the process as user friendly as possible,” said Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd in a news release. “Registered physicians have had access to the system since July to become familiar with it and have their questions answered.”
Patients and their doctors can register through the Department of Health medical marijuana registration website.
Doctors can register patients by attesting the patient has one of the "debilitating diseases" with symptoms proven to be alleviated by marijuana.
Locally, the following doctors have been authorized to recommend marijuana to qualifying patients:
- Martin Bier, Shrewsbury, 732-842-0830
- Susan Greenberg, Little Silver, 732-576-8610
- Neil Holland, West Long Branch, 732-935-1850
- Warren Churgin, Eatontown, 732-544-9500
- Charles Peeples, Eatontown, 732-544-9500
- Jared Schulman, Neptune, 732-289-5059
- Lookman Odejobi, Neptune, 732-776-9776
- Aleksey Kretov, Neptune, 732-414-2005
According to the release, "If a patient designates a caregiver to assist in the delivery of the medicinal marijuana from the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), the caregiver must be a New Jersey resident, 18 years of age or older, and may not serve as a caregiver for another patient."
Patient identification cards are obtained by including a patient photograph, proof of residency, a government-issued ID, and applicable documentation of receipt of certain state and federal assistance programs.
The registration fee for patients and caregivers is $200, valid for two years. Patients and caregivers who qualify for certain state and federal assistance programs can pay a reduced registration fee of $20. Payment can be made online.
In Monmouth County, . Members of the board wanted decisions on medical marijuana growth to rest with local governing bodies.
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Medical marijuana has been said to ease symptoms associated with debilitating medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and muscular dystrophy.