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. 

Need Legal Advice? Speak to Your Elder Law Attorney in New Jersey

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In addition, you can also prepare additional estate planning documents, such as your Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxy/Medical Directive, Power of Attorney documents and trusts. 

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