The state’s medical marijuana program continues to expand under the Murphy administration, now with 42,528 patients and 925 doctors.
There are 1,736 caregivers participating in the program.
The program has increased by 25,500 patients and 412 doctors over the last 13 months, marking a 40 percent increase.
The growing number of participating doctors is attributable to lectures that the Commission of Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal has given to 3,000 doctors and health professionals focused on evidence that supports medical marijuana as a treatment for certain conditions.
“I am proud that New Jersey now has a medical marijuana program that is compassionate and is meeting the needs of more and more patients,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement. “Today, thousands of residents living with anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s Syndrome, and chronic pain, among other conditions, have increased access to medical marijuana when just one year ago many could not get the treatment they needed.”
The Department of Health recently added opioid use disorder to a list of qualifying conditions. Last year, 3,000 New Jerseyans lost their lives to opioid addiction. Previously, only individuals with opioid use disorder related to chronic pain qualified for the medical marijuana program.
In the last 13 months, other strides made in the program include the addition of six new licenses to open medical marijuana facilities in the state, an expanded market of products to include vaporizable cannabinoid oils and pre-filled vape cartridges, and enhanced mobile access for patients, caregivers, and physicians to upload documents and make payments.
Doctors are also no longer required to be listed on a public website.
“As the sponsor of legislation to further expand and improve the medical marijuana program, I knew that once we were able to effectively open the industry up we would be able to provide much needed access to a safe and effective drug used to treat thousands of people suffering from a variety of illnesses while at the same time, create, sustain and grow jobs throughout the state,” said Sen. Joe Vitale, D-19th District, in a statement.