New Jersey has changed some medical marijuana rules recently.

The New Jersey Department of Health unveiled new rule changes regarding medical marijuana use.

“These rules solidify key program reforms to ensure greater patient access to this effective therapy,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal remarked. “With these changes, the Department will be able to add conditions more rapidly, remove barriers for minors and increase supply of product available.”

The changes include reducing the registration fee for qualifying patients and their caregivers from $200 to $100 and adding seniors and military veterans to those eligible for the reduced registration fee of $20. The new rules also include authorizing qualifying patients to designate up to two primary caregivers instead of just one

These changes will also take effect:

Creating a separate permitting system for cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing marijuana for medical purposes, which would increase the available supply of, and patient access to, usable marijuana and allow for specialization in the market.
Streamlining the process to petition for the addition of “debilitating medical conditions” by removing the requirement that petitions first be referred to the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel.

Emphasizing the advisory role of the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel to include the provision of guidance and recommendations to the State Health Commissioner regarding the medical use of marijuana.

Removing the requirement of psychiatric evaluation as a condition of physician certification of minors as qualifying patients

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