FAQ

DO YOU ACCEPT ANY FORMS OF INSURANCE?

Unfortunately, we do not. We break the visits' cost into 3 easy payments, payable at each section of the program. We are committed to access to the MMP for everyday people, fair pricing, and quality medicine in a positive environment. If you have private insurance, we can provide any documentation if you would like to submit to your company. We are unsure if will be covered, as it is a private contract between you or your employer and the respective insurance company. If you have Medicaid, SNAP, or are eligible for a discounted medicinal marijuana card; we also provide a discount for our visit.

DO I QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

To become a registered patient with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP), you must:

  • Maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician who is registered with the program.
    A bona fide relationship is defined as a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition, where:

    • The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or

    • The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or

    • The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination... 

  • Be a New Jersey resident.

  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey health care practitioner registered with the MMP.

Approved debilitating medical conditions include:

  1. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  2. Anxiety

  3. Cancer

  4. Chronic Pain

  5. Dysmenorrhea

  6. Glaucoma

  7. Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease

  8. Intractable skeletal spasticity

  9. Migraine

  10. Multiple sclerosis

  11. Muscular dystrophy

  12. Opioid Use Disorder

  13. Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

  14. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  15. Seizure disorder, including epilepsy

  16. Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live

  17. Tourette Syndrome

DO YOU ACCEPT CHILDREN?

Yes, but you must have a primary care or specialist who will support your decision and provide documentation of the debilitating condition.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA?

Yes, but we can mitigate most of any ill effects by education, appropriate dosing, and recognize drug interactions by doing a thorough history. Sometimes labwork may be recommended. We urge avoid alcohol with cannabis. Do not drive while using cannabis. Use of marijuana can cause sedation and disruption of sleep, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dry or red eyes, heart and blood pressure problems, lung problems, impaired mental functioning, headache, dizziness, numbness, panic reactions, hallucinations, flashbacks, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, sexual problems,  suicidality, psychosis, weight gain, gynecomastia, addiction and dependence, and mood interaction. (webmd.com, NJ State MMP)

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY CARD?

There is an initial consultation is scheduled online at your convenience. Then you will complete your education and administration session, at that time a code to register online will be emailed to you.  This on average takes one week. Once you complete your registration, the state has 30 days to get your card to you. Although it is much more common for it to take 2 weeks. Please note that once you get your card, a fourth visit follow up is required.

HOW LONG WILL MY MARIJUANA PRESCRIPTION LAST?

At most, one year. If you are high risk, the physician may ask for additional follow up. Please note that once you complete registration, you will be required to complete a fourth visit. (A medical marijuana card last two years).

DO YOU ONLY OFFER VIRTUAL VISITS?

Currently we only offer online virtual visits. We use a secure Google platform. Once you book your appointment online you will receive a unique code for your visit. This program is accessible by computer, laptop, pad, or smart phone. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to stay 100% online. We will re-evaluate any changes to this policy May 2021 and update the website.

I DO NOT LIVE IN NEW JERSEY, CAN I BE A PATIENT?

At this time, you must live in NJ to get a medical marijuana card. However, if you live in another state and wish to have more information about marijuana, please join one of our education sessions! The information is broad and can be helpfu.

WHAT ARE HIGH RISK CONDITIONS?

Bipolar or manic episodes.

Heart disease.

Multiple medications that interact with marijuana that cannot be changed or will take time to change the regimen.

Uncontrolled hypertension or tachycardia.

Frailty.

Please note that you can NOT use marijuana if you have schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or any hallucinogenic condition. Also warfarin is contraindicated. 

WHERE ARE THE DISPENSARIES?

WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED?

I know that I will need something like a prescription bottle, provider letter, notation from a patient or insurance portal, or similar. What else is needed?

You will need a proof of address, a picture, an email, a government-issued ID, and if applicable proof to get a discount. Fore more information, 

https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/registration-renewal/

ARE THERE ANY PLACES OR RULES WHERE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS RESTRICTED IN NJ?

  • Patients and caregivers should always carry proper identification, including MMP cards, always.

  • Medicinal marijuana always should be maintained in its original labeled packaging.

  • Patients should keep medicinal marijuana at their residence and only transport it when necessary. If transporting or possessing keep the amount in their possession to a minimum and in its original packaging.

  • Patients and caregivers may not take medicinal marijuana across state lines.

  • Patients and caregivers are not allowed to share, or in any other way re-distribute medicinal marijuana.

  • Patients may possess paraphernalia, but only for consuming medicinal marijuana.

  • Patients may not operate a motorized vehicle (of any sort), aircraft, railroad train, stationary heavy equipment or a vessel while under the influence of medicinal marijuana. Patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana in a school bus, on public transportation, or in a private vehicle while in motion.

  • Additionally, patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana on any school grounds or at any correctional facility, public park, beach, recreation center, or other place where smoking is prohibited.

  • Patients or a primary caregiver in possession of unwanted marijuana shall dispose of the marijuana by returning it to an alternative treatment center. The person returning the marijuana should present a valid registry identification card.

 

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