Medical Marijuana and NJ Elder Law

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The State of New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) is designed to regulate and oversee marijuana distribution for medical use, a program that impacts seniors. There’s still quite a lot of confusion or misunderstanding about this program and medical marijuana use for seniors, so here’s some insight from a leading elder law attorney in New Jersey.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is very different from the street drug, which can be compromised in terms of quality and safety. Instead, this drug is developed from a specially-farmed cannabis Inca plant. It is grown under very specific conditions by licensed growers that are strictly regulated. The plant is then harvested and developed into different drugs and consumables to treat certain conditions and symptoms. Qualifying patients are restricted to 3 ounces per month that can be collected from state-licensed dispensaries.

Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana for Seniors?

In order for a doctor or physician to prescribe marijuana, they have to be approved by the MMP, so this may mean having to visit a new specialist. The doctor will have to examine your medical files to determine that there is a genuine need for this medication. It is also important to ensure that there is a low risk of negative interactions with other prescribed medications.

The patient will also have to meet certain criteria for receiving this prescription, including registering with the MMP, which can take some time and will require identification photographs, government-issued ID, and proof of NJ residency. Upon your application being approved, senior citizens, veterans, SSD, and SSI beneficiaries as well as Medicaid and Disability beneficiaries receive a discounted MMP card. 

Senior caregivers are also able to apply on behalf of their patient(s).

What Conditions Qualify a Senior for Medical Marijuana Prescription?

Seniors can apply for medical marijuana on the basis of a range of debilitating conditions, including chronic pain, glaucoma, anxiety, PTSD, muscular dystrophy, IBS, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, cancer, and terminal illnesses with 12 months to live, among others. As these criteria can change at any time, it is important to speak to your physician to find out if you or your senior loved one qualify. 

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Inside the NJ Digital Estate Planning Law

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When it comes to estate planning, we often focus on physical assets like life insurance, savings accounts, property, and investments, forgetting that our digital assets are important too. Recently, New Jersey passed the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Access Act, a law that has an important impact on your estate planning. Here’s what you need to know, from an estate planning attorney in New Jersey.

What Is the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Access Act?

This new law empowers individuals to determine what level of access heirs and next of kin can have to their digital assets when they die. Previously, this was determined by each digital company’s individual policies, but now the choice is in your hands. Essentially, this means you can decide whether or not your next of kin can access your social media accounts, email accounts, and other online accounts after your passing.

This Act also prioritizes online tools that digital services providers allow users to set personally through their platforms. So, it’s important to not only make your wishes clear in your estate plan, but also your accounts. For example, Facebook has a legacy feature that lets you choose a designated person who will be able to access your account when you die. And, this will override any other executor in this particular area, including your Last Will and Testament.

Why Is it Important to Include Digital Assets in Estate Planning?

As the world and our lives become more digital, these assets have become more and more important and powerful, making including them in your estate plan increasingly critical. While this may not be so important for, say, your social media accounts, access to email accounts has had a far-reaching impact on probate and estate processes.

It has cost plaintiffs years of costly litigation in a number of states as people struggle to gain access into email accounts in order to access statements, information, and protocols to unlock and utilize physical accounts that require management through the estate. This Act is designed to both prevent this type of litigation and speed up the process of distributing estates to heirs and loved ones.

Comprehensive Physical and Digital Estate Planning in New Jersey

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