New Jersey Registration Starts Today!

Discussion in 'New Jersey Patients' started by Amaximus, Aug 9, 2012.


    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey patients with doctors’ recommendations to use marijuana to treat certain health conditions can register for identification cards beginning Thursday as the state prepares for its first legal dispensary to open next month.

    “It’s the first time the department will be interacting directly with potential patients and their caregivers,” state Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    WCBS 880′s Monica Miller With More On The Story

    The announcement comes as the state’s first legal dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, N.J., grows its first crop of legal pot for patients. O’Dowd said it’s expected to be ready and fully licensed to open sometime in September.

    Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for certain patients, even though selling and using the drug remains a violation of federal law.

    New Jersey has been perhaps the most cautious of the states to allow it, insisting it’s following what officials call a “medical model.”

    The law was signed in January 2010, but no patients have obtained legal cannabis yet.

    “New Jersey has created the most strict regulations for any medication on the planet,” Chris Goldstein of the Coalition For Medical Marijuana of New Jersey told WCBS 880′s Monica Miller. “Right now, New Jersey has 30,000 physicians but only 300 are registered to recommend cannabis.”

    Patients with only a handful of conditions — including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and terminal cancer — qualify. And they must have recommendations from doctors they have been seeing for at least a year and who have registered with the state.

    So far, about 150 doctors have signed up.

    Under the process, doctors who think patients would benefit from pot will enter those patients into a state computer system and get an identification number that the patients will use to complete the process.

    A registration card good for two years will cost $200. Patients on public assistance programs such as Medicare or Medicaid will have to pay just $20.

    Once the paperwork is completed, the state will have five days to mail out the patient’s card. The patient can then use that to obtain pot at a legal dispensary.

    Patients can also show the photo ID card to police if they’re found with pot they’ve bought through the program.

    The dispensaries have been slow to get running, partly because of struggles getting local approvals.

    Besides Greenleaf, only one other _ Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., of Egg Harbor Township _ has announced an approved location.

    The state selected four other nonprofit groups to grow and sell pot, but all are at least several months from being able to open.

    “The opening of a patient registry is a crucial and welcome step. For patients that have been kept in the dark for quite some time, this represents the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Democrat from Trenton and one of the Legislature’s main proponents of allowing medicinal marijuana.

    Roseanne Scotti, state director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, was excited that the program would finally begin operations.

    “Patients and their families have waited too long for this day,” Scotti said. “They have been forced to run the risks associated with obtaining medical marijuana on the illegal market. It is fantastic that they will now have safe and legal access to the medicine they need to relieve their suffering and improve their quality of life.”

    (TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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    Bad Karma Well-Known Member

    I'm moving to Jersey at the end of the year, so I'm glad that they're finally getting their shit together.

    dass Well-Known Member

    what ever christie is a douch bag and thats worse then being an asshole

    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    I'm really looking forward to that 10% max THC level.......LOL

    I'll have to smoke twice as much to get the same buzz as I'm getting regularly now.

    dass Well-Known Member

    nevermind its a waste of my time to even post in this thread. or any thread that nj has

    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    So you posted twice instead.

    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    You're talking about the new president in 2016.........

    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    Just watch.........he's making the main address to the Republican convention later this year. He's already being groomed!

    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    It's ok. He is part of my dead pool. No way he doesn't have a heart attack or stroke out in the next 4 years. :clap:

    Pi$tol Member

    I think as the program gets older and there is success the peole of NJ will be able to vote and change things to make the program less restrictive. Cause lets face it...if this model works, evry State going forward with their MMJ will try to follow the strict NJ MMJ model. Atlest thats my thoughts

    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    NO..... they are giving him a 4 year leadway to start exercising, eat better and loose weight. He'll be fine. LOL

    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    I'm going to be truly frightened if I hear that he starts to exercise & diet! I'm watching you, Christie!


    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    LOL........ He's probably watching you too.

    SSHZ Well-Known Member

    New Jersey........home of high taxes, terrible traffic conditions, polluted air and water and now 10% THC pot. Don't hate the messenger- my wife's from there, I lived there for 12+ years and owned 3 mall businesses along with doing some jail time for growing many years ago. A terrible state that deserves the worst of everything.

    I stand corrected: I like their diners and the Jersey shore, since I spent my summers there growing up. I now only go back for funerals!

    racerboy71 bud bootlegger

    ok, don't everyone attack me all at once, but i think mmj is bullshit, especially the plan christie has put together.. why on earth can't they just do the right thing and legalize weed instead of playing the medical game?? it's semantics at it's worst, and pisses me off to no end..

    i'd never say weed doesn't help people, not my point at all.. my point is that i'd bet a large percentage or people who have mm cards don't really have a medical need for it, and simply get a card to grow their own, and don't say effin medicine either, it's fucking pot ffs...

    idk, i'm also not a big fan with registering with the state and giving them my info.. with nj it's a bit better imo because you still can't grow shit on your own.. i will never understand registering with the state and telling them that you're growing, but what do i know??

    this whole mmj thing is stupid, and i just wish that marijuana would be rescheduled and no longer be a class 1 drug.. how the feds can say that weed is worse for people then heroin and coke both of which are schedule 2 drugs, is beyond me...
    i'll hold my hand on my ass and wait to grow a skin graft, which will probably happen before a reschedule.... yah, mmj.. not..
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    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    ^^^Amen to that, mate. You won't see me argue with any of that.

    I smoke pot. I am here to get high.
    Although I cant sleep and am amazingly cranky when I don't have my medic..., er pot. :-o
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    racerboy71 bud bootlegger

    yah, thank god i'm not the only stoner left in this world.. sometimes after being online and reading magazines such as high times, i often wonder.. high times gets under my skin the most i think of the lot, as they have high right in their name and now like to pretend no one gets stoned and everyone is a med patient, which we all know is not the case.. whatever happened to the underground an counter culture?? i'll never know i guess..
    i also tend to think that mmj is hurting the cause of full on legalization as a lot of people look at mmj and see lots of stoners using mmj as a front to simply quasi legally possess and grow their own pot... this gives pot a big black eye imo, and isn't helping full on legalization at all, which is my goal, not mmj...
    i had never known so many 20 some people were so sick in this world till mmj was legalized in a few states.. i'd like to think i have some integrity and am not going to lie simply to be able to grow under the protection of state law..

    Amaximus Well-Known Member

    I'm probably over simplifying this but I feel as if (most?) everyone just fell in line with the medical argument to further "the cause". Which is no big deal. I'll sign whatever ya put in front of me for the legalization of marijuana. But then they started believing it. Not to say that people don't use marijuana medicinally with great results but it is a lot less than what I see online etc etc. I mean shit. I know like a hundred people locally who i grew up with that smoke pot. None of them do it for medical purposes. They'd surely sign up for a med card though if they ahd too. But c'mon. Don't call me a "patient" and dont expect me to call you "doctor". You got strawberry cough? Sweet, gimme 10 ounces! lol

    I understand though. You can't further something with the argument "Hey I like to get fucked up!" - You also can't try to sell the medicinal value and then when no one is around act normal, ya know?

    What none of the stoners realize is they will always be seen as a bunch of stoners trying to get a malicious drug legalized. It'll get legalized eventually anyway I believe. But this is just the fun before it all. Lol.

    Ulm... What? Lol. I hate posting when I'm boned! hahahha

    racerboy71 bud bootlegger

    well, here's something shocking azi, i agree with you... again... lol.. i might see things a lil differently, but for the most part, i'd be splitting hairs for sure..

    idk though if mj will every be fully legalized.. imo, too many people and corporations make way too much money off of the fact that mj is illegal.. judges, cops, lawyers, prisons, etc, etc, etc.. the list is endless for the people who would lose a lot of money if they simply legalized weed tomorrow.. and we all now that money talks in this country, which doesn't really look too good for mj's legalization...

    i could be wrong, and for once i really hope i'm wrong, but i doubt it.. at least not in my lifetime..

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