Medical Marijuana Specialist

Altus Medical Care

Internal Medicine located in Trenton, NJ

If you’re suffering from a frustrating and debilitating chronic condition like multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, anxiety, or musculoskeletal disorder pain, you may qualify as a medical marijuana patient under New Jersey law. Altus Medical Care internists Rajnish Chawla, MD, and Rupinder Chawla, MD, offer Trenton, New Jersey, patients the highest level of customized care, including the effective management of the symptoms of a chronic condition. To learn more about medical marijuana, or to find out if you’re eligible for this treatment, book an appointment online now or call the office today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What conditions is medical marijuana prescribed for?

New Jersey state law allows physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for: 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain, when caused by musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic visceral pain caused by the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, or pelvic organs 
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Opioid use disorder, if you're in medication-assisted therapy
  • Certain cancers
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • All terminal illnesses, if your doctor determines you have less than 12 months to live

Some conditions may qualify you for medical marijuana use if you don't respond to other forms of treatment. Conditions in this category include:

  • Seizure disorder, including absence seizures, convulsive seizures, atonic seizures, and others
  • Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other conditions may qualify for medical marijuana, but only if you suffer from chronic pain, severe nausea, severe vomiting, or body-wide weakening (wasting syndrome) because of the condition. This category includes:

  • Non-terminal cancer
  • HIV 
  • AIDS

Simply having a certain condition doesn’t necessarily qualify you for medical marijuana. Your doctor at Altus Medical Care performs an exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your current health with you to determine whether medical marijuana can help you feel better.

How much marijuana can I buy with a marijuana certification?

Medical marijuana in New Jersey is packaged in two ways, in quarter-ounces and eighth-ounces. Your Altus Medical Care provider prescribes the amount appropriate for you. Under New Jersey state law, the monthly maximum is two ounces within 30 days. Legislation to increase the monthly limit to four ounces is pending.

How long does my medical marijuana certification last?

There are three certification lengths in New Jersey: 30, 60, and 90 days. Your Altus Medical Care provider assesses your situation to determine which fits your needs best. 

When your certification expires, your doctor reassesses your condition to determine whether you’d benefit from continued medical marijuana use. Be sure to schedule your visits before your certificate expires, as you won’t be able to purchase medical marijuana without it. 

To learn whether medical marijuana is a good solution for your chronic condition, book your appointment at Altus Medical Care online or by phone today.