NJ Begins Signing Up Medical Marijuana Patients

A registration card good for two years costs $200

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012  |  Updated 9:51 PM EDT
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New Jersey opened up its registry Thursday for medical marijuana patients, but it's not at all clear that everyone who smokes for medical reasons will sign up. Nonetheless, as Brian Thompson reports, the first marijuana center is all but ready to open as early as next month.

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New Jersey opened up its registry Thursday for medical marijuana patients, but it's not at all clear that everyone who smokes for medical reasons will sign up. Nonetheless, as Brian Thompson reports, the first marijuana center is all but ready to open as early as next month.

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New Jersey's medical marijuana program has started registering patients and caregivers.     

Those signing up must be recommended by one of 150 doctors who are participating in the program. Marijuana is only available to patients with a handful of conditions, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and terminal cancer.     

A registration card good for two years costs $200. Patients on public assistance programs will pay $20.     

The state's first legal dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, is growing its first crop and expects to open sometime in September. 
     
No patients have obtained legal cannabis since New Jersey's medical marijuana law was signed in January 2010.

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