New Jersey medical marijuana patients can now buy cannabis vaporizer products after a change in rules from the state Department of Health. Last week the department waived regulations that prohibited vape pens, cartridges, and similar cannabis products from being sold at state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, according to media reports.
Until now, medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey were only allowed to sell cannabis flower, oral lozenges, and topical preparations. Two providers of medicinal cannabis have already requested permission to manufacture and sell vape products.
New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is currently undergoing an expansion called for by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this year. Under the expanded program, more medical conditions will qualify, more dispensaries will be licensed, and more products made available. Since Murphy took office, the number of patients registered in New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has nearly doubled, from about 16,000 patients at the beginning of the year to more than 30,000 now.
The department of health will also be increasing the number of medical marijuana providers from six to 12. So far, the department has received 146 applications for the six new licenses.
The health department proposed new rules for the program earlier this year and should be