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The State of New Jersey enacted the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act in order to assist patients with alternative treatment options for qualifying debilitating medical conditions.

The Act was approved by the New Jersey Legislature and codified into New Jersey State law on January 18, 2010. Then, in September 2016, the Act was expanded to include a more defined list of debilitating medical conditions that included Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Act was further expanded and ratified most recently on March 27, 2018 to include the following debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient for the use of medicinal marijuana:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain of Visceral Origin
  • Chronic Pain related to Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorder including epilepsy that is resistant to conventional therapy
  • Intractable skeletal spasticity if resistant to conventional therapy
  • Glaucoma if resistant to conventional therapy
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Terminal Cancer
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness with prognosis of less than 12 months to live
  • Severe or Chronic Pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome which result from the condition or treatment of: Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or cancer
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


South Jersey Pain Consultants, LLC has always made its mission to provide compassionate care to those patients suffering from acute and/or chronic pain.

To that end, Drs. Ressler and Padula have obtained certification from the State of New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners to afford qualified patients the opportunity to register with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana program. The doctors believe that Medicinal Marijuana could be a tremendous adjunct in patient care to reduce the amount of opioid and non-opioid pain medication required to relieve chronic debilitating pain.

South Jersey Pain Consultants, LLC offers comprehensive evaluations along with certification for eligible patients seeking to use medical marijuana as an adjunct to their care.


At the initial evaluation, the physicians will determine if medicinal marijuana may be an effective treatment option. If this treatment option is deemed appropriate for a patient, then the first step is to develop a bona fide physician-patient relationship as defined below. Once established, the physician has the ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care, and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition.

The bona fide physician-patient relationship must fall within one of the following categories:

  • The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year
  • The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least 4 visits
  • The physician assumes responsibility for providing management of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians that reflects the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.

Once the bona fide physician-patient relationship exists, South Jersey Pain Consultants, LLC can guide the patient through the registration process to obtain the 2-year registration card necessary to obtain medicinal marijuana. The physicians will formulate an individualized treatment plan and provide follow up care on a 30, 60 or 90 day basis for the continuance of medicinal marijuana as an alternative treatment option. The physician will determine how long each period of certification will be (30, 60 or 90 days) and what quantities of medicinal marijuana will be helpful for each patient (1/4 ounce upward to 2 ounces per month). In addition, guidance will be given as to the Alternative Treatment Center (marijuana dispensary) where the patient must register to obtain the medicinal marijuana.

(Note: Existing patients who have been under SJPC’S care for one year or more do not need an initial consultation.)


Further information can be found on the New Jersey State Medicinal Marijuana website for questions concerning coverage details, registration costs, and other pertinent items.




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