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. To search for a licensed Alternative Treatment Center where registered patients can access medical marijuana, 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 advocating to change the Department of Health's overly burdensome regulations for patients, caregivers and doctors, ensuring adequate patient access by increasing the number of alternative treatment centers licensed throughout the state, and encouraging the health commissioner to expand the currently restrictive list of qualifying conditions for which a patient may obtain a recommendation to use medical marijuana.
This also means protecting medical marijuana patients from adverse employment actions and losing their jobs. Join us in supporting Senate Bill 2161 and Assembly Bill 2482 which clarify the employment protections for medical marijuana patients.