New Jersey’s medical marijuana patient registration system was opened on August 9, and since then patients have slowly started to apply for their registration cards.
So far, 50 patients have been deemed eligible by doctors, while 21 patients have started the registration process.
The number of applicants is low, but New Jersey officials are not surprised. Comparatively, over 700 people applied to use medical marijuana in the first week after Arizona opened patient registration.
According to the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey, patients are not immediately taking to the program because its list of conditions are restrictive, the prices are too high, too few doctors are allowed to recommend marijuana to patients, and collectives have not even opened their doors yet.
Despite the low number of sign-ups, the state’s medical marijuana website has seen increasing traffic, with thousands of visitors in the past week.
The state’s first medical marijuana collective, Greenleaf Compassion Center, is expected to open in September in the city of Montclair. So far, only one other dispensary has secured a location for their shop. There will be six total collectives in the state.