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The Registration Process for NJ Patients & Caregivers

Many questions come up for new patients: provided are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

In order to become a registered patient with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (NJ MMP) you must:

1. Be a New Jersey resident.

2. Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a NJ MMP-registered physician.

3. Maintain an ongoing, bona fide relationship with said physician.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.     Which debilitating medical conditions are approved by the program?

2.     How do I register to participate in the program?

3.     Is there a fee to register?

4.     What is the patient registration process?

5.     What do I need to register as a patient?

6.     What if I do not have the ability to access or use a scanner?

7.     How do I pay my registration fee?

8.     If my ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?

9.     How long is a registration active?

10.   Will my application be confidential?

11.   What is a bona fide physician-patient relationship?

12.   Where do I find a doctor who has been approved by the MMP?

13.   Can I switch from my current MMP physician to a new MMP registered physician without having to re-register?

14.   Is medical marijuana covered by Medicaid or any other health plans?

15.   If I possess a medicinal marijuana patient card from another state, may I use it in NJ to obtain medicinal marijuana?

16.   What is the maximum monthly purchasing limit for medical marijuana?

17.   What is an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC)?

18.   Do I have to register with a specific ATC to purchase medicinal marijuana?

19.   With an approved card, can a registered patient walk into any ATC without an appointment?

20.   Will I be allowed in the ATC if I forgot my card, but I have an appointment?

21.   Can ATCs or dispensaries deliver?

22.   Can I switch my ATC?

23.   How can patients change their ATC registration?

24.   Is there a limit to the amount of medical marijuana patients can purchase from an ATC?

25.   When my 30-, 60-, or 90-day medical marijuana prescription expires, do I have to re-register with the program?

26.   What should I tell my employer if I am subjected to a drug test?

27.   Where will a qualifying patient be able to smoke medical marijuana?

28.   It is too difficult for me to travel. Can someone help me get medicinal marijuana?

29.   What is a “caregiver”? 

30.   Are there state requirements for registering a caregiver?

Patients & Caregivers FAQs

1. Which debilitating medical conditions are approved by the program?

A physician must certify that a patient has an approved debilitating medical condition to participate in the MMP.

Approved qualifying conditions:

·   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

·   Cancer

·   Muscular dystrophy

·   Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

·   Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s disease

·   Terminal illness (physician determined a less than12-month prognosis)

These conditions apply, if the patient is resistant or intolerant to conventional therapy:

·   Glaucoma

·   Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity (ISS)

·   Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

·   Seizures and epilepsy

These conditions apply, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from a condition or treatment of:

·   Cancer

· Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)

2. How do I register to participate in the program?

·   A patient must be assessed by a bona fide registered MMP physician who will certify if the patient has an approved debilitating medical condition to participate in the NJ MMP.

·   The physician must complete an Attending Physician Statement for each individual patient.

·    Upon submission of the statement, a unique Patient Reference Number will be produced.

·   The physician will need to provide the patient with a Patient Reference Number and a copy of the Attending Physician Statement.

·   Next, go to www.njmmp.nj.gov and follow all the steps to complete the online registration process.

3. Is there a fee to register?

·   The fee for patients and caregivers is $200 each.

·   Patients and caregivers, who qualify for the state and federal assistance programs listed below, will be eligible for a fee of $20 each

o   Current Food Stamp Benefits Card

o   NJ Medicaid Program

o   NJ Temporary Disability Insurance Benefits

o   Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD)

o   Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI)

4. What is the patient registration process?

1.     Go to the State of NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program registration website: www.njmmp.nj.gov/njmmp/

2.     Select "Patient Registration" on the left side of the screen of the MMP registry page and carefully read the instructions before continuing

3.     Enter all required information as noted by a red asterisk**

4.     The Patient Reference Number must be included (the number provided by the physician)

5.     Select "Submit" and the Patient Registration page will appear

6.     Complete all required information on the Patient Registration page (If applicable, enter primary caregiver information)

7.     Read and acknowledge the Patient Certification

8.     Check the appropriate box indicating that the terms have been understood

9.     "Save and Continue"

10.     Patients are now required to upload scanned photographs and documents

5. What do I need to register as a patient?

Required Documents:

1) Patient photograph

2) Proof of Identification: government-issued photo ID

3) Proof of current NJ residency

Note: All identification must match the name for the potential patient or caregiver on all forms submitted 

If applicable:

·    Caregiver photograph

·    Caregiver government issued ID

·    Caregiver proof of NJ residency

Optional Documents if applicable:

·    Proof of government assistance

·    Caregiver proof of government assistance

·    A minor patient may qualify for a reduced application fee under their legal guardian/caregiver’s government assistance eligibility

6. What if I do not have the ablilty to access or use a scanner?

     To convert documents to digital format, there are public resources (such as the local library) equipped to assist in preparing required documents so they can be uploaded into the NJ Department of Health’s electronic system.

7. How do I pay my registration fee?

·   Once an applicant has received a confirmation email stating that the registration fee has been set, return to the registry at: www.njmmp.nj.gov

·   Select the Payment option on the left-hand side.  

·   Enter all the required information including Patient Reference Number and hit Submit

·    Follow the instructions to proceed with payment.

8. If my ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?

·    If a registered patient or registered primary caregiver becomes aware of the theft, loss or destruction of his or her registry ID card, he or she shall notify the MMP within 24 hours after the discovery of the theft, loss, or destruction.

·    The fee to apply for issuance of an ID card replacement is $10.00.

·    If government assistance was approved upon registration, the fee is $5.00

9. How long is a registration active?

         The registration period is valid for 2 years

10. Will my application be confidential?

·    A patient’s application will only be available to:

o   Your registered physician
o   NJ MMP staff
o   Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) personnel

11. What is a bona fide physician-patient relationship?

A bona fide relationship is defined as:

the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment,

care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition.

·   The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or

·  The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or

·   The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.

12. Where can I find a doctor who has been approved by the MMP?

·    If your current physician is not registered with the NJ MMP, speak with him/her about registering.

·    Physicians must be registered with the program in order to certify a patient’s eligibility.

· A list of MMP-registerd physicians is available at: http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/find-doctor/ on the Department of Health’s NJ MMP website or on our website

13. Can I switch from my current MMP physician to a new MMP registered physician without having to re-register?

·   Yes, MMP physicians have the ability to accept a registered patient who is currently under the responsibility of another MMP physician.

·   The process is completed by the desired physician through the registry.

14. Is medical marijuana cover by Medicaid or any other health plans?

No.
Medicinal marijuana is not a covered service under Medicaid or any other health plans in New Jersey.

15. If I possess a medical marijuana patient card from another state, may I use it in NJ to obtain medicinal marijuana?

No, reciprocity is not acknowledged in NJ; this means that any out-of-state medical marijuana patient enrollment is not acknowledged in NJ.

To be eligible for the NJ MMP you must:

·   Be a New Jersey resident

·   Maintain a bona fide relationship with a New Jersey physician who is registered and approved by the MMP and,

·   Be diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by the approved NJ physician

16. What is the maximum monthly purchasing limit for medical marijuana?

·   The patient’s physician will determine the proper dosage and designate the amount via an electronic prescription

·   The maximum amount allowed by state law is 2 ounces in a 30-day period

·   Medical marijuana will be packaged in ¼ (and occasionally 1/8) ounce denominations depending on the dispensary

17. What is an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC)?

An ATC is a state-registered facility authorized to grow and provide registered patients with medical marijuana and ancillary accessories in accordance with the provisions of the CUMMA. This includes the organization’s officers, directors, board members, and employees

·   Patients can choose any ATC in the state regardless of where they live in NJ

·   There is no cost to change your ATC registration online and it does not require a new identification card

·   Registered patients can only be registered with one ATC at a time

18. Do I have to register with a specific ATC to purchase medicinal marijuana?

·    A patient must be registered with a specific ATC to purchase medicinal marijuana 

·    Even though patients may be approved MMP cardholders, they cannot go to any ATC without first registering online with a specific ATC

·    An ATC will not be able to view necessary electronic information in the system if one is not registered online with that ATC prior to arrival

19. With an approved card, can a registered patient walk into any ATC without an appointment?

The patient or caregiver must have an active MMP Identification Card from the NJ Department of Health in order to enter any ATC.

·   Scheduling an appointment varies depending on ATC

·   Calling a dispensary prior to arrival for purchasing is the easiest time-saving approach for all registered patients

20. Will I be allowed in the ATC if I forget my card, but I have an appointment?

No. 

·    A patient and/or caregiver must have his/her MMP card on hand and readily available in order to be allowed into the ATC.

21. Can ATCs or dispensaries deliver?

No.

·    ATCs are not permitted to deliver medicinal marijuana to patients in NJ.

22. Can I switch my ATC?

Yes. A patient may switch to any operational ATC online at any time. 

·    In order to successfully switch to the ATC of choice, return to: https://www.njmmp.nj.gov/       

·    Select the option: Change ATC/View ATC Visits 

·    Enter active patient ID number located on ID card or enter information as stated on the Attending Physician Statement

23. How can patients change their ATC registration?

If registering with a new ATC, patients must follow these instructions:

·   Go to www.njmmp.nj.gov

·   Select the option: Change ATC

·   Enter the information used to register: ex. Patient Reference Number (this is not case sensitive)

·   Click the drop down box and select the ATC of choice

·   Click Save

Once successfully completed, the following message appears in red:

Your record was successfully updated with new ATC information.”

24. Is there a limit to the amount of medical marijuana patients can purchase from an ATC?

The patient’s approved MMP physician will determine the proper dosage and monthly allowable limit for each patient and specify this quantity per patient on the electronic prescription

·    The maximum amount allowed by state law is 2 ounces in a 30-day period.

25. When my 30-, 60-, or 90-day medical marijuana prescription expires, do I have to re-register with the program?

No. Patient registration is valid for 2 years

·   Expiration dates can be found onto the patient’s profile and selecting the option to view 30-, 60-, or 90-day certification or by contacting the MMP approved physician

·   However, upon expiration of a 30-, 60-, or 90-day prescription, the patient’s physician must re-assess the condition and determine whether to continue or alter the quantity of medical marijuana prescribed per patient

·   The physician is required to log into the registry and update the patient’s electronic prescription

·   It is very important for patients to verify that a 30-, 60-, or 90-day prescription is active and approved by the physician as current and up-to-date

26. What should I tell my employer if I am subjected to a drug test?

·    A qualifying patient, primary caregiver, ATC, physician, or any other person acting in accordance with the provisions of act N.J.S.2C:35-18 shall not be subject to any civil or administrative penalty, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, civil penalty or disciplinary action by a professional licensing board, related to the medical use of marijuana as authorized under this act

·   All patients should be familiarized with act N.J.S.2C:35-18 and refer to legal consultation for the applicability concerning this matter

27. Where will a qualifying patient be able to smoke medical marijuana?

The Department notes that smoking medicinal marijuana falls within the definition of "smoking" as set forth in the

Smoke Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57, and is therefore subject to the provisions of this act

Patients may notwhile under the influence of marijuana operate, navigate, or be in control of any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel

NJ Patients may not smoke medical marijuana:

·   On a school bus or public form of transportation

·   In a private vehicle unless the vehicle is not in operation.

·   On any school grounds, in any correctional facility, at any public park or beach, at any recreation center.

·   Any public area where smoking tobacco is prohibited applies to marijuana

28. It is too difficult for me to travel. Can someone help me get medical marijuana?

Yes. A qualified patient can designate a primary caregiver who must register with the NJMMP.

·   A caregiver can assist with the procedures necessary to obtain medical marijuana from a selected ATC. 

·   *Note: for someone who is only driving a patient to an ATC and does not need to assist the patient into the facility, that person does not need to register as a caregiver.

·     *Note:  If a patient needs or requires a caregiver, please review:

         http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/caregivers/

29. What is a "caregiver"?

·   A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have a caregiver if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where he/she cannot independently, physically go to his/her ATC individually

·   A registered caregiver with a caregiver ID can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence

·   Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient: usually a friend or family member

·   Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card

·   There is a fee of $200 for a caregiver identification card

·   If the caregiver is qualified for government assistance, the fee is $20.

30. Are there state requirements for registering a caregiver?

·   Caregivers are required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background investigation

·   The fingerprinting forms will be available once the caregiver has begun the online registration

·   In addition, there is a fee to have the caregiver’s background check processed

Any additional questions or concerns?

Call the NJ MMP Customer Service Unit: 609-292-0424

Or send an e-mail to the Department of Health NJ MMP at: medical.marijuana@doh.nj.gov

 

References

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. ATC FAQs.

Retrieved from: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/atc_faqs.shtml.

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. Caregiver FAQs.

Retrieved from:  http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/caregivers/.

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program.

How to Register Successfully: Instructions.

Retrieved from: https://www.njmmp.nj.gov/njmmp/jsp/patientRegProcess.jsp.

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. Patient’s FAQs.

Retrieved from: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/pat_faqs.shtml.

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. Physician’s FAQs.

Retrieved from: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/physicians/.

State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. Program Rules.

Retrieved from: http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/program-rules/.

 

Accessed 08/31/2017