Expanding access to medical marijuana in New Jersey has been the order of the day under the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy. Thirty-one thousand patients, 1,200 caregivers, and 743 doctors are now involved in the program.
Those numbers are only set to rise: Five new medical conditions are now eligible for treatment (anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic visceral pain). Fees have been reduced, mobile access is being allowed and the go-ahead has been given for the number of Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) in the state to double. Currently, there are six (Montclair, Woodbridge, Cranbury, Bellmawr, Egg Harbor Township and Secaucus). When the Department of Health opened the licensing application process for the new ATCs earlier this month, it received 146 applications from 106 organizations.
Research is limited on the medicinal efficacy of marijuana, although studies have shown that it can help patients with a range of illnesses.