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Qualifying Conditions to Get a Medical Card in New Jersey (2024)

Getting a medical card in New Jersey is a streamlined process designed to provide patients with access to medical cannabis for the treatment of approved conditions. The journey starts with understanding your eligibility based on New Jersey's list of qualifying conditions, followed by a consultation with a state-approved healthcare provider who can endorse your medical need for cannabis, and continuing with state registration. 

Whether you’re navigating this path for the first time or seeking renewal, being informed about each step can make acquiring your medical card in New Jersey a smoother experience. 

Who Can Apply for a New Jersey Medical Card?

Before applying for your New Jersey medical marijuana card, ensure you fulfill the following criteria: 

  • You must be 18 years old or older. For those under 18, applications must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian. 
  • You must be a resident of New Jersey. 
  • You have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a licensed NJ cannabis physician. 
  • You possess a patient reference number confirming your eligibility. 

Can Minors Get Their New Jersey Medical Card? 

Yes, minors can obtain a medical marijuana card in New Jersey. State law specifies that minors with qualifying medical conditions can enter the state's medical marijuana program with the consent and active participation of their parents or legal guardians. Additionally, the parent or guardian must register as the minor's caregiver, which involves undergoing a background check. 

Qualifying Medical Conditions for the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program 

Here's a rundown of the conditions that make you eligible for a medical marijuana card in New Jersey: 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness and atrophy.


Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by excessive worry, fear, or nervousness that can interfere with daily activities and overall well-being.


Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body, often requiring complex treatment regimens.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a long-lasting pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years, often resulting from an underlying health condition or injury.


Dysmenorrhea refers to painful menstrual cramps that occur just before or during menstruation, often accompanied by other symptoms like nausea and fatigue.


Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often due to high intraocular pressure, leading to vision loss if untreated.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), inclusive of Crohn’s Disease

IBD encompasses chronic inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including Crohn’s Disease, which can cause severe digestive issues and discomfort.

Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity

Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity is a condition characterized by continuous muscle stiffness and spasms that are resistant to standard treatments.


Migraine is a neurological condition marked by intense, debilitating headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, leading to symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, and impaired coordination.

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders causing progressive muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass over time.

Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder is a medical condition characterized by the problematic use of opioid drugs, leading to significant health, social, and functional impairments.


HIV/AIDS is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which damages the immune system and impairs the body's ability to fight infections.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, leading to symptoms like flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Seizure Disorders, including epilepsy

Seizure disorders, including epilepsy, involve abnormal electrical activity in the brain, leading to recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

Terminal Illness

A terminal illness is a disease or condition that is incurable and expected to lead to the patient's death within a relatively short period.

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.

How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in New Jersey 

Securing your medical marijuana card in New Jersey involves a straightforward two-step process: 

  • Gain a patient reference number that confirms your eligibility. 

Note: Once you have your reference number, you're set to complete your registration on the state’s website. 

New Jersey Medical Card Checklist

Before proceeding with your application for an NJ medical marijuana card, ensure you have the following documents and information prepared: 

  1. Identification Proof: 
  • New Jersey driver’s license 
  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission-issued non-driver’s ID 
  • New Jersey County ID with your current address and name 

  1. New Jersey Residency Proof: 
  • A recent utility bill (within the last 90 days) 
  • IRS or New Jersey Division of Taxation communication showing your address and name 
  • Government correspondence from federal, state, or local bodies indicating your address and name 

  1. A reference number from a New Jersey medical marijuana doctor. 

  1. Choose an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) or NJ dispensary nearby. 

  1. A suitable photograph of your full face for submission. 

Contact Zen Leaf for Help with Your New Jersey Medical Card

Navigating the New Jersey medical card application process can sometimes be overwhelming. If you find yourself in need of additional assistance or have questions about how to apply for a med card in New Jersey, Zen Leaf is here to help.  

Our knowledgeable advisors are equipped to guide you through every step, ensuring a smoother and more understandable journey toward obtaining your medical cannabis card. Don't hesitate to contact to a Zen Leaf advisor today for support.

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