New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has signed a law allowing medical cannabis recommendations to be made via telehealth services. The state first allowed telemedicine recommendations for medical cannabis patients in August 2020 amid the state’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a joint statement, the bill sponsors—Democratic Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey—said the law utilizes “today’s technology to help provide easier access to this beneficial medication on behalf of the people who need it the most.”
“Many medicinal marijuana patients suffer from conditions that limit mobility, making frequent visits to the doctor’s office a significant barrier to the medicine they need. The pain relief, muscle relaxation, nausea prevention and anxiety reduction of medical marijuana are too important to the people suffering from severe medical conditions to be hindered by in-person doctor visitation requirements.”—Lampitt and Downey in a press release