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Record High Medical Cannabis Program Keeps Growing in NJ

New Jersey continues to grow enrollment in its medical cannabis program under Governor Phil Murphy.

The program was mostly stagnant under former Governor Chris Christie for eight years. But last week the Department of Health announced that under Murphy, the program reached 40,000 patients!

Dr. Shereed Elnahal, the commissioner for the NJ Department of Health (DOH), said “Today, NJ’s #MedicalMarijuana program reached 40,000 patients. That’s more than 23,000 in just the first year of the @GovMurphy administration. With more relief for chronic pain, PTSD, and as of last week, opioid use disorder. As long as more can benefit, we will not stop.”

Last year, NJ’s program expanded to include a variety of conditions including muscular and skeletal pain, anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s Syndrome.

Opioid recovery was added to the list of qualifying conditions in January 2019.

The medical cannabis program set up by former Governor Chris Christie barely served any patients. The medical cannabis available was said by patients to be terrible and very overpriced.

In December, New Jersey announced the recipients of six new medical cannabis dispensaries that will (eventually) be operational in New Jersey.

The number of dispensaries and patients in the medical cannabis program are growing rapidly. An NJ physician was fined and is barred from practicing medicine for issuing licenses in a manner that the state found to be inconsistent with its guidelines.

How crazy is that?

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