Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2010: The use of medical marijuana became legal.
2017: The state Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel recommended that a number of illnesses be added to the list of qualifying conditions.


In 2010, Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey signed the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act which allowed for the legal use of medical marijuana for patients with qualifying terminal illnesses. In 2017, several qualifying conditions were added to the list, a change that took effect in 2018.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in New Jersey?

Medical marijuana patients can purchase cannabis from state-licensed Alternative Treatment Centers. Patients can possess up to two ounces in a 30-day period. New Jersey law does not permit patients to grow marijuana in their homes. The qualifying conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Terminal cancer

Other conditions, such as Seizures, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Glaucoma, apply if the patient has exhausted traditional treatment options or if the patient experiences chronic pain, nausea or Wasting Syndrome as a result of the illness or traditional treatment.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in New Jersey?

No, patients cannot operate a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Jersey?

In order to receive a New Jersey medical marijuana card, you must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a registered MMP physician and the physician must complete an Attending Physician Statement. The physician will then receive a Patient Reference Number that is to be given to you along with a copy of the statement. You can then register online by filling out the required forms and paying a fee.

Can I use marijuana in public in New Jersey?

Patients cannot legally smoke medical marijuana on public transportation or any vehicle that is in operation, on school grounds, in a public park, beach or space or anywhere else where smoking is forbidden.

Can I sell marijuana in New Jersey?

Only state-licensed Alternative Treatment Centers can sell marijuana in New Jersey.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding New Jersey marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.