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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey


Governor Phil Murphy signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act to dramatically reform New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) and expand patient access to medical marijuana, which in his words “breaks down the barriers to guarantee life-changing medical treatment that is affordable and accessible for those who need it most”.

However, patients who wish to acquire a medical marijuana card in the state of New Jersey might not know how to do so. Being confused with too much unorganized information that can bring confusion to the applicant is inevitable. But with these few easy steps, patients in need of cannabis for medicinal use can now register and get their own medical marijuana cards.

Step 1. Know first if you are a qualified person to acquire a medical marijuana card.

To qualify as a person that can acquire a medical marijuana card, you must become a registered patient with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP)To become one, you must:

  • Maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician who is registered with the program.

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, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.
  • 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:
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Anxiety
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Pain
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Glaucoma
    • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
    • Intractable skeletal spasticity
    • Migraine
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Opioid Use Disorder
    • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
    • Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
    • Tourette Syndrome

Now that you know how and if you are qualified to get your medical marijuana card, proceed to next step.

Step 2. Register online and go to https://njmmp.nj.gov/njmmp/ and open the Patient Registration page.

After opening the patient registration page, it tells you all the information you need to successfully register to the MMP. 

You will need the reference number that was provided to you by your Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) physician (this number can be found on your copy of the attending physician statement).

Your email address is required so that the MMP can send all sorts of communications related to your registration, and payment details, through your email.

Please also do remember that the following documents mentioned below are required:

  1. Photograph
    • Taken within the last 60 days
    • Taken against a plain, white background such as a wall
    • No hats permitted
    • No glasses permitted
    • Full-face view, directly facing the camera with both eyes open and neutral facial expression
    • Do not use any photo filters
  1. Government Issued photo ID (Choose one of the following):
    • Current NJ Driver’s License
    • Current NJ Non-Drivers ID issued by NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
    • NJ County ID showing patient name and address

*Note: If your current government issued photo ID is expired or does not reflect your current physical address, you will have to supply 2 proofs of New Jersey Residency from the list below.

  1. Proof of New Jersey Residency (Choose one of the following):
  • Utility Bill issued within the 90 days preceding the application date
    • Gas, electric, water, sewer, landline phone, cell phone, cable, television, internet
  • Correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the New Jersey Division of Taxation, issued within the year preceding the application date, that shows the patient’s name and address
  • Including but not limited to a 1099 Statement, Form 1098, W-2, etc.

*Note: They do not accept a Form 1040 or Form 1095

  • Federal, State, or local government correspondence issued to the applicant within the 90 days preceding the application date, that shows the patient’s name and address
    • Examples: Social Security Administration (SSA) documents, jury summons or court issued notices, property tax bills
  • Bank statements issued within each of the three months preceding the application date, which shows the patient’s name and address (this means you must submit 3 statements scanned into one PDF)

If it is applicable you should also send a proof of government assistance and/or download the caregiver criminal background check form. The caregiver is required to complete form and follow the attached instructions.

Step 3. After reading and preparing the necessary documents needed, proceed with your application, and scroll down below the Patient Registration Page and click continue.

On the patient registration, you must fill in the following:

  • Last Name
  • First Name 
  • Sex 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Reference No.

After filling in, click SUBMIT.

Step 4. You can now wait for your approval.

The MMP will review your application and supporting documents. All applications will be responded to via email with further instructions to finalize your application. 

Step 5. Proceed with your payment.

Congratulations! If you have been approved there will be an emailed instruction on the MMP e-payment process to pay the card fee. Once notified by the MMP of the fee amount, you will be prompted to return to the registry homepage and click on payment (you will need your patient reference number). Click submit and complete the required information (as noted by the red asterisk). If submitted correctly, you will receive a transaction confirmation number on the last page.

The registration fee for the MMP identification card is $100.00. However, please do check that if you qualify of what is mentioned below, there will be a reduced fee of $20.00.  You are eligible if:

  1. Senior Citizen, age 65 and older
  2. Military Veteran (submit DD-214 Form)
  3. Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Submit “Verification of Benefits” letter from SSA.GOV
  1. NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  2. NJ Medicaid
  3. NJ Temporary Disability Benefits
  4. Medicare-under the age of 65

Step 6. Your Card is Ready for Use!

Once you are approved and have paid your MMP identification card, the state will then mail you your card and you can now purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries. 


Do remember that in the state of New Jersey it is required for you, the patient, to recertify your license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. If your two-year ID card is close to its expiration and you wish to continue in the program, you will be provided information on how to re-register via email. You can also access these instructions by logging into your profile. E-mail notices will be sent out at 60 days and again at 30 days prior to expiration and will include instructions for re-registration.

Congratulations! You finally got your Medical Marijuana card in the state of New Jersey. Now that the steps are clearly laid out, hopefully your confusion with the process is lessened and that your overall health improves with your use of medicinal marijuana. Have a good day!