TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey could soon expand its pool of patients eligible to participate in the states’ medical marijuana program.
The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the addition of 43 new conditions to the list of ailments that are approved for medical marijuana use in the state.
Following several months of studying petitions from patients, physicians and advocates, the the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new ailments, including variations of certain diseases and ailments, to the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
The recommended additional qualifying conditions include migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome.
The panel recommended against adding asthma and chronic fatigue as qualifying conditions, however.
The panel’s initial recommendations are now open for a 60-day comment period and will be addressed at a public hearing before being finalized and sent to the Health Commissioner who will make the final determination on petitions to add new conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program.
With the addition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) last year, the following conditions qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cancer (includes associated chronic pain and/or severe nausea)
- Crohn’s disease
- HIV/AIDS (includes associated chronic pain and/or severe nausea)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Seizure and/or spasticity disorders
- Any terminal illness if a doctor has determined the patient will die within a year
An estimated 13,000 patients are currently registered to participate in New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, which also includes five operating medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.
The state’s sixth and final dispensary, which was granted initial approval in 2011, is expected to finally open later this year.
Patients are allowed to purchase and possess up to two ounces of medical marijuana per month.
Home cultivation of cannabis is not permitted.
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