On Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey, the Greenleaf Compassion Center has opened the very first medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. New Jersey currently has nearly four hundred patients who are authorized with medical marijuana cards to participate in the states medical marijuana program.
In 2010, Governor Jon Corzine signed into law the legalization of medical marijuana. About 20 registered patients across the Garden State booked appointments with the Greenleaf Compassion Center to discuss their medical history and decide which strain of the marijuana would best be suited for their medical needs. This legislation will allow eligible New Jersey residents that carry their card the right to possess and use medical marijuana under certain circumstances. The opening of the new facility will present new issues in drug enforcement and marijuana law.
In time, New Jersey will be opening more dispensaries and Alternative Treatment centers across the state to meet the needs of its patients. Patients suffering from diseases such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, stomach inflammation and terminal forms of cancer have used marijuana to alleviate pain and curb nausea. New York currently does not have a similar medical marijuana law and is currently considering the pros and cons of allowing those dealing with various illnesses to use the drug to treat their condition.
Will I Be Qualified to Purchase Medical Marijuana?
NJ legislation allows only those that are suffering from diseases that are specifically outlined in the law and dealing with chronic pain to qualify for a license to be able to legally possess and use medical marijuana. A doctor must certify that you are suffering from one of the approved medical conditions outlined in NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Does the NJ Medical Marijuana Law Allow Me To Find or Grow My Own Marijuana?
Just because New Jersey is opening medical marijuana dispensaries does not mean that everyone in New Jersey is free to use marijuana. The law only provides that if you qualify and receive a medical marijuana card then you are allowed to purchase marijuana from a licensed marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. You are not permitted to grow your own marijuana, or purchase marijuana from a non-licensed dealer. To be eligible for a medical marijuana card you must be visit a qualified physician and be approved to legally purchase marijuana from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Make sure to speak with a criminal defense attorney if you are charged with distributing marijuana, or possession of marijuana.
Will NJ Honor My Medical Marijuana Card From Another State?
NJ will not honor a medical marijuana cards from another state. You must be a New Jersey resident and visit an approved New Jersey physician that will certify you are suffering from one of the approved medical conditions to legally purchase medical marijuana in New Jersey.
Can I Drive After Using Medical Marijuana?
You are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of medical marijuana. It is important to note that there are heavy regulations and restrictions with the passage of this law. You should always err on the side of caution as the new law is not a free license to use marijuana openly. Only purchase medical marijuana from an authorized dispensary and do not carry medical marijuana with you in New Jersey without a medical marijuana card. Should you have any questions, consult an attorney today.
Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a licensed criminal defense attorney practicing in both New York and New Jersey. Call him now for a free consult: 973-594-6552