NJ medical marijuana: A beginner’s guide to the process


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Doug Hood and Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press

BRIDGEWATER – You have chronic lower back pain that just doesn’t go away. Or you have inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma or suffer from anxiety or migraines.

Nothing seems to work and you’re afraid on relying on opioids that could lead to destructive addiction. What can you do?

Mary, a Somerset County resident, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the bowel, when she was 18. She is now 50 and the pain never went away.

“That’s a long time to be in pain,” said Mary, who asked that her name not be used.

After a while, she said, “you stop paying attention to it. You get used to being in pain all the time,” she said.

Then she started using medical marijuana in June and by mid-August, “I feel a large improvement.”

Since 2012, medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey. Cannabis may not cure your disease, but in some cases it can relieve the symptoms.

But marijuana may not be a miracle drug.

“It’s important to not get ahead of the science with regards to medical marijuana,” said Dr. David Boguslavsky, a Bridgewater family physician who is registered with the state to perform medical marijuana evaluations. “The evidence that we have so far suggests that medical marijuana can be an effective modality to treat a number of conditions, such as chronic pain, anxiety, etc. but that it is unlikely to be a panacea cure-all that many wish it to be.”

The doctor emphasized

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