Medical Marijuana Doctor Prescriptions NJ

new-jersey-medical-marijuana-prescriptionsThe number of states that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes continues to increase. The state of New Jersey is developing its medical marijuana programs. However, the New Jersey program is the most stringent program in the nation. Medical marijuana users are only allowed a two-ounce supply every 30 days. In addition, the number of conditions that warrant the use of medical marijuana is limited compared to other states.

Many doctors believe medical marijuana is useful in conditions such as cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. New Jersey doctors particularly favor the use of medical marijuana for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy. For many patients, marijuana replaces many prescriptions for pain medication. Patients who were on at least three to four prescriptions, now only need a marijuana prescription. In the states that have a medical marijuana program, the evidence is clear. Marijuana relieves pain and eliminates the need for additional pain medications.Many New Jersey doctors have favored the use of medical marijuana over prescription pain medication. Increasing support from the medical community has helped to push the New Jersey medicinal marijuana program forward. However, many patients who would benefit by the use of marijuana will still not be eligible for the program. In addition, those who are eligible will have to pay $200 to get on the program. The state will have six dispensaries. Those who are approved will have to travel to one of the six approved dispensaries to get the marijuana they need. For many people, this may result in a two or three hour drive.Approved Medical Marijuana Conditions in New Mexico according to the New Mexico Department of Health:Painful peripheral neuropathy
Intractable nausea/vomiting
Severe anorexia/cachexia
Hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn’s disease
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Cancer
Glaucoma
Multiple sclerosis
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity
Epilepsy
HIV/AIDS
Hospice patientsApproved Medical Marijuana Conditions in New Jersey according to the New Jersey Department of HealthDebilitating medical condition, such as:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis
Terminal cancer
Muscular dystrophy
Inflammatory bowel disease
Terminal illness also qualifies if the physician determines the patient has less than 12 months to liveThere are several other conditions that are approved in New Jersey, however, documentation must be provided to show that traditional treatments have failed. This is where the New Jersey program is stricter than any program in the nation. You cannot just have a qualifying illness, your physician must prove traditional treatments have failed and are ineffective.