New Jersey medical cannabis patient count surges 150% since January 2018

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has seen a 150% increase in the number of patients participating since Gov. Phil Murphy took office early last year, a development that has no doubt bolstered sales at the state’s MMJ businesses.

The program has added 25,500 patients since January 2018 and now has more than 42,500 patients participating, the Democratic governor announced.

New Jersey passed its MMJ law in 2010, but the program grew slowly under anti-marijuana governor Chris Christie, Murphy’s predecessor.

News of the jump in the patient count comes just after Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders announced an agreement on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis

Last March, Murphy added five conditions to the list of illnesses covered under the state’s MMJ program, including anxiety, migraines, Tourette syndrome and two types of chronic pain.

This year, the state also added opioid-use disorder as an approved illness under the program.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

One comment on “New Jersey medical cannabis patient count surges 150% since January 2018
  1. John Antonellis on

    As a pancreatic cancer survivor registered in the State’s MM program and a veteran I’m pleased that the governor’s office and Dept of health have pushed to expand the MM program and add qualifying ailments. Legalization of recreational marijuana does represent tremendous revenue and some employment opportunities for the State, everyone knows we need it. I also spent 29 yrs in municipal finance, primarily focused on NJ financing and it’s disgraceful that our State with such wealth has such a poor credit rating. However the State and DOH need to focus on promoting the education of the MMP to the State’s health care institutions and medical community. Unlike alcohol and tobacco this product will be presented as a medicinal alternative and recreational option. Through education the recreational user may find this alternative to help with the various challenges and stress in many peoples daily lives; insomnia, minor aches/pains, de-stressing, digestive issues, etc.

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