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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 today 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.

g August 09, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Too bad you cant get it for depression and anxiety like other states.
dave August 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
these doctors will give you a script for oxys,xanax and other hard,addictive medicines for stress and any song and dance you will tell them,but they won't give up for a couple of joints.its all backwards
Mattie August 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM
If we can get Christie out of the governor's seat someday, maybe the NJ Medical Marijuana program can finally function as it's meant to. But now- with Christie playing "doctor" and raising the qualifying criteria for patients, and revising and restricting the program at every turn, every step of the way, the program is either going to help a very very small percentage of people in this state, OR (more likely) will be doomed to FAIL completely. That's Christie's dream.
Berkeley Lifer August 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
@Mattie,Christie doesn't want the California model where anyone could score a medicinal Marijuana script for the hell of it.It's clear it was being abused there in California.Not for nothing the Government Both republicans & democrats are in bed with these large pharmaceutical companies who don't want to get people off other meds where their making a ton of money.
Mattie August 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
California is not the only 'model' state. There are 12 others aside from California. And California's program works just fine. The only people who have a problem with it are the ones who want NO program at all. Such is the case here with Christie. How about Christie stops playing "Doctor Christie" and lets REAL medical doctors and their patients decide when it's appropriate to try medical marijuana instead of NJ's biggest and only export- pharmaceuticals?
Poindexter McSmash August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This is the first time that they will not have a problem filling the care-giver jobs... ~ Have a nice day! ~
Mattie August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Facts not fiction: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/New-Jersey-Medical-Marijuana-Law-Comes-With-a-Slew-of-Restrictions.html Christie at work.
sandy bottom August 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
you can have a drink but you cant smoke a joint , legalize it and stop all this bs
Keeping whats mine August 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Like all drugs in Ocean County, legal or not its gonna be abused. Just wait and see,
Sue October 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
You never hear about people overdosing from marijuana, do you?

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