CSATC Advocates for Patients

CSATC is constantly advocating for improvements to be made in the regulations of the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program. Our main points of advocacy are towards increasing accessibility and affordability for patients that use medical cannabis, as well as improving regulations to give patients more timely product information.

To improve accessibility, we are urging legislators and regulators to allow home deliveries of medical cannabis. We are also stressing the importance of adding qualifying conditions, such as chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, anxiety, chronic pain of visceral origin and Tourette’s Syndrome, which are supported by scientific evidence and have went through public comment and review periods required by the MMP. To further help patients that are already suffering with debilitating medical conditions, we are advocating for the removal of the requirement for registry of physicians, allowing all physicians and nurses in good standing to recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients.

To improve affordability, we are urging the state to remove its monetary requirements to join the program such as patient registration fees, the 90-day renewal requirement and removing the tax on sales of medical cannabis. We are advocating that patients should have differentiated cost and preference in the cannabis market if adult-use legislation is enacted. To further lessen the economic burden on patients, we believe that the legislation should encourage insurance company coverage of MMJ.

To give patients more timely product information, CSATC is advocating for more routine and more frequent testing for MMP products. In order to handle the increased demand of testing, we have suggested immediately issuing licenses for private testing labs and to allow in-house testing. To ensure equal testing standards and practices, all cannabis products should be tested by an accredited lab that is held to national standards. Labs should test for potency, solvents, microbiological contaminants, water activity/moisture content and pesticides.