New Jersey Governor Aims to Increase Access to Medical Cannabis Through Executive Order

img class=” wp-image-4501 alignright” src=”https://nj.curaleaf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2018/04/NJMMP-Gov-Murphy-267×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”321″ height=”361″ />Nearly a week after Governor Murphy’s inauguration he signed an Executive Order to review the state’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) with an aim to increase patients access to medical cannabis.

 

Citing administrative barriers created by the previous administration and outdated medical marijuana laws, Murphy called for the Department of Health (DOH) and Board of Medical Examiners (BME) to review the MMP.

 

The Executive Order gives the DOH and BME 60 days to review an array of aspects surrounding the program.

 

The review includes:

  • How patients obtain medical marijuana and in what forms;
  • The role of current dispensaries and growing facilities;
  • The licensing process for dispensaries;
  • The physician requirements who participate in the program;
  • Which medical conditions qualify patients for the program.

 

The review process requires comparison of New Jersey’s MMP in to other programs in the country. These findings will be submitted along with recommendations for new rules and regulations.

 

It’s expected that the two-month review will bring changes to the program that is in the best interest of existing patients and New Jersey residents who qualify for the program.