New Jersey Issues Medical Marijuana Regulations

December 9, 2010

Topics: Controlled Substances, State Rules and Regulations

Following some debate among New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the state’s General Assembly, regulations to implement the New Jersey medical marijuana law have been agreed upon. The regulations will allow for six alternative treatment centers that will both dispense and grow medicinal marijuana. While previous versions of the regulations allowed for home delivery and satellite locations for the alternative treatment centers, these provisions were removed as a result of debates. Further, only patients diagnosed with seizures, glaucoma, or intractable muscle spasms will be subject to the provision that all conventional therapies have been exhausted before a physician can recommend a patient for medicinal marijuana as reported by the New York Times. The regulations will allow qualified patients up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana a month, with a maximum tetrahydrocannabinol level of 10%. The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by former Governor Jon Corzine on January 18, 2010, as reported in the April 2010 NABP Newsletter. More information on the new regulations is provided in a press release from Governor Christie.