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Any Doctor Can Prescribe Cannabis in NJ – Here’s How

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Physician Registration For the NJ Medical Marijuana Program - How doctors can recommend cannabis in NJ.

Can My Doctor Recommend Medical Marijuana?

The NJ Medical Marijuana Program has been updated (and more updates are expected soon).

As of March 27, 2018, any NJ physician licensed to prescribe narcotics, may register to recommend medical marijuana and they DO NOT have to list their name in the public registry.

Again, NJ doctors are NO LONGER REQUIRED to publicly list their names on the NJMMP registry, however, they still must register PRIVATELY with the state to gain access to the system.

The registration process is fairly straightforward. It is done online and communication occurs via email. You’ll find the instructions below including a print out you can bring to your doctor.

Physician Registration For the NJ Medical Marijuana Program - How doctors can recommend cannabis in NJ.

Patients Still Must Qualify

Patients must qualify for medical marijuana, but the list has been expanded. Chronic pain and anxiety now qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation in NJ.

What Patients Do After the Doctor

After you receive your doctor recommendation, you’ll still need to follow the process to obtain your medical marijuana card. After you receive your medical marijuana card, you can visit an NJ dispensary to obtain your medication.

If your doctor is unwilling to recommend medical marijuana, you may choose to see a doctor listed in the public registry.

How NJ Doctors Opt-Out of the Public Registry

Doctors who choose not to be listed on the public registry MUST select the checkbox at the bottom of the registration form.

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How Your Doctor Can Register to Recommend Cannabis in NJ

Visit the NJMMP.

Select “Physicians” from the blue menu bar, then select “Physician Registration” from the drop-down menu.

Here is the information physicians need to provide when they register to prescribe medical marijuana in NJ:

  • Their contact information
  • Their CDS and medical license information
  • The title of the “Addiction Medicine and Pain Management” medical education course or presentation completed within past 2 years

The MMP will then review their application and will send further instructions via e-mail. It will take approximately 7-10 days for the Department of Health to reply.

Physicians with questions can contact the MMP Customer Service Unit at 609-292-0424 or [email protected].

Here’s the information for you to print and bring to your doctor.

Physician Registration For the NJ Medical Marijuana Program - How doctors can recommend cannabis in NJ


Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, MarijuanaMommy.com combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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