New Jersey has a very narrowly drafted medical marijuana statute, but the implementation of the law has been handled in such a way that few patients are able to legally receive the drug.
For those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, seizure disorders, cancer, MS, terminal illnesses, and several other named conditions, it is possible to register with the state to receive medical marijuana.
Registered patients can designate one “primary caregiver,” also registered with the state, who cultivates the plant for the patient.
Patients are not allowed to cultivate their own medical marijuana, and primary caregivers are not allowed to use the patient’s medical marijuana.
While it is still illegal for patients to possess marijuana beyond the amounts allowed for medical use, to drive under the influence, and to sell the drug outside of the tightly designed framework, the medical marijuana statute does remove the penalties for simple possession of approved amounts from those with state-issued registry identification card.
Because the state has chosen to regulate this market nearly to death, people continue to encounter problems when it comes to receiving, possessing, and using marijuana as medicine.
If you’re facing legal challenges to your lawful access to an approved drug, attorney Matthew Reisig can help.
Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation.