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Medical Marijuana

Image Revolution Health and Wellness

Medical Spa & Medical Marijuana located in Randolph, NJ

The New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) gives patients access to marijuana for a wide range of medical purposes. If you suffer from a chronic or debilitating condition, Image Revolution Health and Wellness in Randolph, New Jersey, can walk you through the process of getting your marijuana prescription. Led by Shumaila Alam, MD, and Matthew McGuire, MD, the practice specializes in a personalized approach to patient care. To find out if medical marijuana is right for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana

What conditions are approved by the Medical Marijuana Program?

New Jeresy's MMP offers medical marijuana for patients dealing with many conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Migraines
  • Intractable skeletal spasticity
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Seizure disorders (including epilepsy)
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recently (as of January 2019), opioid use disorder was included on the list of conditions approved by the MMP. Patients with opioid use disorder qualify for medical marijuana so long as they’re also undergoing medication-assisted therapy (MAT).  Terminally ill patients are also eligible for medical marijuana.

What are the benefits of medical marijuana?

Marijuana effectively relieves many symptoms associated with debilitating conditions. Medical marijuana is commonly used for pain control. Marijuana is a much safer alternative to opioids for treating chronic pain. Marijuana is a great muscle relaxer and helps relieve chronic pain caused by several conditions like fibromyalgia, endometriosis, Crohn’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Medical marijuana also helps control nausea and weight loss. 

Can I simply walk into a dispensary now and get medical marijuana?

No. You still need a recommendation from a doctor and to apply to the state. If you are approved, you will get a card saying you are enrolled in the program. 

How do I become a registered medical marijuana patient?

In order to receive your medical marijuana card, you have to fill out the appropriate application and receive approval from a physician registered with the MMP. At Image Revolution Health and Wellness, Dr. Alam and Dr. McGuire perform physicals to determine your need for medical marijuana. During your physical, you and your doctor discuss your conditions, personal health, and medical history. For many patients, medical marijuana offers an effective alternative treatment when other treatment methods have failed.

How much medicinal marijuana can I buy?

The MMP gives you access to safe and effective marijuana. Patients are allowed to purchase up to three ounces in a 30-day period. Medical marijuana is sold in ¼ and ⅛ ounce portions. Patients can also purchase edibles. MMP does not allow patients to grow their own plants, however. There are no limits on the amount of marijuana terminally ill patients can purchase. 

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.

Other Important information

Medical marijuana is packaged in quarter or half-ounce denominations. You are not allowed to purchase more than three ounces per 30 days. Also, you can’t possess more than three ounces at a time. After your 30, 60, or 90-day certification expires, you must make an appointment with your physician so they can re-assess your condition. Finally, patient registration is valid for two years. You may also visit the state Health Department website at https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/ for more information.

To learn more about New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, call Image Revolution Health and Wellness, or request an appointment online today.