According to a state health department spokeswoman, 466 people who said they suffer from PTSD have qualified for the medical cannabis program since Christie’s decision.
The state health department’s medical advisory board has said it would consider requests from dozens of people to add other qualifying conditions for MMJ. The requested conditions include different causes of chronic pain, osteoarthritis, lupus and Lyme disease.
Chronic pain, in particular, could provide a big shot in the arm to New Jersey’s MMJ program by boosting the state’s patient pool and, potentially, sales.
New Jersey’s MMJ program has been hampered by a governor who, until recently, has shown little enthusiasm for medical cannabis. Moreover, the industry has been dogged by a dearth of doctors willing to be certified to recommend medical cannabis.