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Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Begins in Ocean County

Three doctors on list for Toms River

The Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry begins this week in New Jersey, as the state Department of Health allows qualified patients and their caregivers to apply for identification cards.

“The Department has made every effort to make the process as user friendly as possible,” said Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd in a news release. “Registered physicians have had access to the system since July to become familiar with it and have their questions answered.”

The department has a list of more than 100 physicians, including three in Ocean County, authorized to recommend medical marijuana to patients.

All three are in Toms River:

  • Dr. Anselm Igbanugo, 54 Bey Lea Road, Toms River
  • Dr. James Morales, 1868 Hooper Avenue, Toms River
  • Dr. Ashok Patel, 20 Hospital Drive, Suite 12, Toms River

Patients and their doctors can register through the Department of Health medical marijuana registration website.

Doctors can register patients by attesting the patient has one of the "debilitating diseases" on the on the website, which lists diseases that have symptoms proven to be alleviated by marijuana.

According to the release, "If a patient designates a caregiver to assist in the delivery of the medicinal marijuana from the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), the caregiver must be a New Jersey resident, 18 years of age or older, and may not serve as a caregiver for another patient."

Patient identification cards are obtained by including a patient photograph, proof of residency, a government issued ID, and if applicable documentation of receipt of certain state and federal assistance programs.

The registration fee for patients and caregivers is $200, valid for two years. Patients and caregivers who qualify for certain state and federal assistance programs can pay a reduced registration fee of $20. Payment can be made online.

Ocean County is not the only county with authorized doctors. Three more are in Monmouth, where . Members of the board wanted decisions on medical marijuana growth to rest with local governing bodies.

An , and denied in November of last year.

New Jersey’s medical marijuana law was signed more than two years ago by then-Governor Jon Corzine. Advocates have criticized delays in implementing the program and releasing the list of doctors.

Medical marijuana has been said to ease symptoms associated with debilitating medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and muscular dystrophy.

Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Dewars+Vicodin = Liver damage!!
Malcolm Kyle August 14, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Get a clue, Lew! "Evidence provides no indication that decriminalization leads to a measurable increase in marijuana use." — Boston University Department of Economics "There is little evidence that decriminalization of marijuana use necessarily leads to a substantial increase in marijuana use." — National Academy of Sciences "The preponderance of the evidence which we have gathered and examined points to the conclusion that decriminalization has had virtually no effect either on the marijuana use or on related attitudes and beliefs about marijuana use among American young people." — The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research "The Dutch experience, together with those of a few other countries with more modest policy changes, provides a moderately good empirical case that removal of criminal prohibitions on cannabis possession (decriminalization) will not increase the prevalence of marijuana or any other illicit drug; the argument for decriminalization is thus strong." — British Journal of Psychiatry
Tom Cular August 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM
This whole MM issue is BS. Thirty seven years ago my dad was advised (off the record by a Dr.) to try a bit of pot to combat nausea brought on by chemo, it helped. My recently deceased wife was taking three drugs for the same reason, they only partially worked. When you can't hold down a glass of water without nausea do you really care if the substance that helps is legal? NJ is an hour late and a dollar short as usual.
albertmerwin August 31, 2012 at 04:45 PM
can any one let me know where to start this proscess cause it the only way i can get thru the body without it thanks al
Pot head April 03, 2013 at 04:28 AM
F um smoke if ya need ta smoke ! Don't ask don't tell! Mex's need the $$ we stole there land antyway!

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