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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 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.

roxanne August 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
gov crisco wants to make it that youre on your death bed before you can get it and yet he wont veto a 50% increase in the tolls we pay everyday just to get to work. and yet those like lacey shawn get their knickers in a twist over medical pot but have no problem with kids buying cigarettes. lacey you more than anyone need to light up and relax.
Mattie August 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Yep! And the War on Drugs also 'criminalizes' thousands if not millions of people every year, for nothing worse than possession and use of marijuana. Every day average people going about their business, going to school, working, raising families, hurting no one. Busted with a little pot? Instant criminal; stigma and discrimination included.
Fergus August 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Not adding to this conversation, but it's amazing that none of these comments have been deleted. The Patch clearly has an agenda and isn't even trying to hide it. Saw that some of the comments from other articles were deleted and people were complaining - rightfully so - and some admin guy just linked to the T&C's. They obviously delete comments that they just don't agree with, even though they're not violating any terms. What a joke. Keep it real Patch.
Mattie August 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
As a matter of fact... several comments HAVE been deleted. I just noticed. Apparently someone got upset and flagged my (and a few others?) comments about them being "ignorant of the facts". Also told her to 'relax'... But I guess that was too "mean" huh? She was probably the doctor's wife..... [rolls eyes]
Mark Watson August 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Fool proof?! WHO CARES!!! Tax it, sell it, it's the same as booze. Better, when is the last time you heard of a death by auto because of pot? Different qualities just like wine, TAX IT, and throw on a label like prescription drugs or cigarettes. Ready? The actuaries predict Medicare is broke by 2025. Social Security by 2050. now, watch China just stop buying Treasury notes, and collect what they have when they are due. United States is broke, World War III, we all die, and what was that time honored saying? For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the fight.... yeah. For want of tax on a lousy joint.

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