Phil Murphy made clear on the campaign trail that, once governor, he would expand New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program. And that’s what his administration has done. Since Murphy became governor in January, an additional 20,017 patients have been added to the state’s medicinal marijuana program, more than doubling the number previously in the program. As of December 3, 37,040 New Jerseyans are active in the program.
The primary driver of the increase has been the addition of five new eligible medical conditions — anxiety, migraines, two forms of chronic pain and Tourette’s Syndrome, Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal has said. “Physicians should consider marijuana as another appropriate treatment for patients with many medical conditions, especially diseases for which conventional therapies aren’t working for their patients,” he said.