The state of New Jersey has announced that they will be reforming their Medicinal Marijuana Program. "We are changing the restrictive culture of our medical marijuana program to make it more patient-friendly," Governor Murphy said in a statement.
"We are adding five new categories of medical conditions, reducing patient and caregiver fees, and recommending changes in law so patients will be able to obtain the amount of product that they need. Some of these changes will take time, but we are committed to getting it done for all New Jersey residents who can be helped by access to medical marijuana."
As for the changes: Effective immediately, patients suffering from anxiety, migraines, Tourette syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic visceral pain will all become eligible to receive medical cannabis. Patient registration fees have been dropped from $200 to $100 as well, and physicians will be given more freedom to prescribe cannabis if they see fit.
Things like home delivery and the production of educational programs have been slated to commence sometime in the future.
These changes stem from a report issued New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.
"As a physician, I have seen the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for patients with cancer and other difficult conditions," said Dr. Elnahal. "These recommendations are informed by discussions with patients and their families, advocates, dispensary owners, clinicians, and other health professionals on the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel. We are reducing the barriers for all of these stakeholders in order to allow many more patients to benefit from this effective treatment option."