People with serious chronic diseases who want to participate in the state's medical marijuana program may be able to sign up for a patient registry within the next four to six weeks, an advocacy group leader said.
Speaking to about 75 prospective patients, legal advocates and aspiring marijuana merchants at the State Museum in Trenton, Chris Goldstein of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey said state health officials are now "actively working" on launching the patient registry after initial delays.
"There is strong intent to bring the registry online before the rules are issued," said Goldstein, according to NJ.com, referring to the rules outlining how the dispensaries, or alternative treatment centers, will operate. "You may see it available this fall."
The law adopted in January called for regulations to be drafted by June, but the deadline was pushed back to October.
In a report at the Daily Record, a Health Department spokeswoman says the state is developing a system for patients to register and working on other details. Patients must join the registry the state Department of Health and Senior Services will use to verify with their physicians that they have one of the conditions allowed under the new law.