Frequently Asked Questions
We love sharing our knowledge of cannabis. Take a look at some of the questions we get most often.
Can I place an order online?
Yes! For your convenience and to save time, you may browse our full product assortment, place an order and pick up your items at the dispensary. Just click "Shop Medical" above to get started.
Online orders are optional and not required. Our staff is happy to help guide you through a walk-in purchase with in-store menus.
What should I tell my employer if I am subjected to a drug test?
Being a registered patient in the Medicinal Marijuana Program does not mean that you do not have to comply with your employer’s drug testing policies. You should be familiar with your employer’s policies on drug testing and know how it applies to you. Questions about employer policies should be directed to your human resources department.
How much medicinal marijuana can I get?
Medical marijuana will be packaged in 1/4 or 1/8 ounce denominations. The patient’s health care practitioner will determine the proper dosage; however, the maximum amount currently allowed by law is 3 ounces in a 30 day period unless the patient is terminal in which case the amount is unlimited.
Where will a qualifying patient be able to smoke medical marijuana?
The Department notes that smoking medicinal marijuana falls within the definition of “smoking” as set forth in the Smoke Free Air Act at N.J.S.A. 26:3D-57, and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Smoke Free Air Act.
Patients may not,
- Operate, navigate, or be in control of any vehicle, aircraft, railroad train, or stationary heavy equipment vessel while under the influence of marijuana.
Patients may not smoke medicinal marijuana,
- On a school bus or public form of transportation.
- In a private vehicle unless the vehicle is not in operation.
- On any school grounds, in any correctional facility, at any public park or beach, at any recreation center.
- Any area pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-13.
Is medicinal marijuana covered by medicaid or any other health plans?
No, medicinal marijuana is not a covered service under Medicaid or any other health plans in the State of New Jersey.
Its too difficult for me to travel. Can someone help me get medicinal marijuana?
Yes. A qualified patient can designate a primary caregiver who must register with the NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program. Your caregiver can assist you with the procedures necessary to obtain your medicinal marijuana from a selected Alternative Treatment Center. If someone is only driving you to the Alternative Treatment Center and does not need to assist you inside, it is not necessary to sign up a caregiver.
I possess a medicinal marijuana patient card from another state; may I use it in NJ to obtain medicinal marijuana?
Yes, qualifying out-of-state patients can purchase medical cannabis from a New Jersey ATC, but only if they have registered with our state’s cannabis program and have also received their NJ Patient Card. Please contact the New Jersey state’s cannabis program directly for more information on this.
Where do I find a health care practitioner who has been approved by the MMP?
If your current health care practitioner is not registered with the MMP, speak with them about registering with the Medicinal Marijuana Program. Health care practitioners must be registered with the program in order to authorize your eligibility. A list of health care practitioners is available on our website, nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana. Under the ‘Patient’ tab, select the option that says ‘Find a Doctor’. This will assist the patient in locating a health care practitioner in their area.
What are the fee requirements for legal guardians and minor patients?
Designation as a legal guardian for a qualified minor patient exempts you from the application fee. The required fee for a minor patient is $100; however, if the guardian qualifies for a reduced registration fee, the minor patient would also qualify for the reduced fee. Minor patients may have up to two caregivers.
Is there a fee to register?
Yes. The fee for patients and caregivers is $100 each. Patients and caregivers who are senior citizens, military veterans, or who qualify for the below listed state and federal assistance programs will be eligible to pay a fee of $20 each. The registration period is valid for 2 years.
- NJ Medicaid Program
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
- NJ Temporary Disability Insurance benefits (TDI)
- Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD)
- Review examples of sample documents.
Will there be home delivery to patients?
The Department is committed to providing that option in the future.
Can I now grow plants at home?
When will all patients be able to buy edibles?
Currently, edibles are available for all qualifying patients under A20, Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act.
Can I use a mobile device to register for the program?
Yes. If you experience any trouble using a mobile device with registration, please contact the customer service unit.
I have opioid use disorder. Am I eligible to get medicinal marijuana?
As of January 2019, opioid use disorder qualifies as a standalone debilitating medical condition for the MMP so long as the patient is also undergoing medication-assisted therapy (MAT). Therefore, opioid use disorder patients are eligible for medicinal marijuana if they suffer from chronic, painful withdrawal symptoms or as an adjunct treatment to their current MAT regimen.
What debilitating conditions are approved by the program?
A physician must certify that a patient has an approved debilitating medical condition to participate in the Medicinal Marijuana Program. Approved debilitating medical conditions include:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
- Intractable skeletal spasticity
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Opioid Use Disorder
- Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
- Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
- Tourette Syndrome
What are your COVID 19 protocols?
Patients may purchase through Curb Side Pickup using our online ordering platform. Patients will reserve their product and select a 30-minute window to arrive at the dispensary to complete their order through Curb Side Pickup. Upon arrival, patients are required to check in to inform the attendant they have arrived for their order. An attendant will visit their vehicle to complete the transaction.
If patients require Curb Side Pickup but have no appointment times available, please reach out to us directly. We will always accommodate our patient’s needs to offer a safe and comfortable transaction during these times.---Any visitor seeking entry to this facility MUST wear a mask or face covering UNLESS fully vaccinated. While not required, we would appreciate fully vaccinated visitors wearing a mask or face covering out of respect for others. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but please know that your health and well-being is our top priority.
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I’m not a NJMMP Patient. Am I able to purchase at your facilities?
No. Currently we may dispense to NJMMP Card Holders only. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with changes to New Jersey laws and our daily operations.
This is my first time visiting a dispensary and I don’t know what products to purchase. Can someone help me?
Of course! Reach out to us at 609-277-7547 and a counselor will happily assist you with the first steps of your cannabis journey.
I’m from out of state. Am I able to purchase at your facilities?
Do I need an appointment to visit The Botanist in New Jersey?
No, patients are welcome to visit our facilities during operating hours on a walk-in basis.
I have my NJMMP card, and currently visit another ATC. Am I able to visit The Botanist?
Yes! Patients are welcome to visit all ATCs in New Jersey. Please review each dispensary’s operating hours and procedures before visiting.
Where can I review my allotment?
Allotments may be viewed here, by selecting “View Authorization Period” on the left-hand menu.
How do I become a patient in New Jersey?
The first step is receiving a recommendation from your physician. A list of all registered physicians can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/find-doctor/