New Jersey Medical Marijuana Compassionate Use Campaign


One of the Drug Policy Alliance's greatest victories to date is its Compassionate Use Campaign in New Jersey. On January 18th, 2010, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” which allows seriously ill patients for whom currently available medications are not effective access to medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. The passage of this legislation was the culmination of five years of extraordinary advocacy by DPA, patient and family advocates, our coalition partners in the Compassionate Use Campaign, and our allies and supporters.

To learn more about the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, including information on patient, caregiver and physician registration, please visit the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program website.

A list of patient and physician frequently asked questions about the medical marijuana program can be found here.

To search for a registered and program-approved physician by county, click here.

But DPA, patient and family advocates, our coalition partners, and allies and supporters will not rest until New Jersey has safe regulated access for all people suffering from debilitating conditions. This means actively participating in the Department of Health's regulatory process to ensure that the rules of the program are not overly burdensome on patients or doctors, that an adequate number of alternative treatment centers are licensed throughout the state, and that the health commissioner expands the currently restrictive list of qualifying conditions for which a patient may obtain a recommendation to use medical marijuana. New Jersey's medical marijuana law is currently the most restrictive in the nation.