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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 this week in New Jersey, as the state 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.

Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Overdose deaths involving these opioid pain relievers (oxycodone and hydrocodone; and synthetic narcotics such as fentanyl and propoxyphene) now exceed deaths from heroin and cocaine combined (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Prescription drug overdoses have been increasing in the United States over the last decade, and by 2008 had reached 36,450 deaths - almost as many as from motor vehicle crashes (39,973). http://www.acep.org/MobileArticle.aspx?id=82888&coll_id=720&parentid=740 * VIOXX: On January 24, 2005, the medical journal The Lancet published on its website a report on Vioxx risks that was previously blocked by the FDA. The study found that Vioxx may have caused as many as 140,000 cases of heart disease in the United States and as many as 56,000 deaths during the five years that it was on the market. The newly published study of 1.4 million patients shows that that low doses of Vioxx increased the risk of heart disease by about 50%, and higher doses increased it by 358%. http://www.vioxxnews.com/ * ACETAMINOPHEN: ( found in more than 300 products with sales in the billions of dollars annually) Acetaminophen overdoses are the leading cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in the United States, Great Britain and most of Europe. Acetaminophen toxicity accounts for approximately 50% of all cases of ALF in the United States and carries a 30% mortality.
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Jerry Belle, A MORE RECENT STUDY: A provider of free online auto insurance quotes says it has conducted a study that concludes marijuana uses are safer drivers. “What law enforcement agencies and insurers do not understand is that driving while high is actually a safe activity,” - James Shaffer, chief executive officer of the national auto-quote provider, in a statement. According to the study, marijuana users may get into fewer accidents than other drivers. The study looked at data on accidents, traffic violations and insurance prices. The only significant effect of smoking marijuana may be slower driving. http://www.4autoinsurancequote.org/uncategorized/reasons-why-marijuana-users-are-safe-drivers/ According to the DOT there were only 44.7 million cars on U.S. roads in 1950 and a population of 150 million compared to today’s 255.9 million cars and a population of 310 million. Despite this increase, the probability of being involved in an auto fatality is dramatically lower than it was 60 years ago. http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2010/09/us-traffic-deaths-drop-to-historic-low.html
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Jerry Belle, A RECENT STUDY: On 29-Nov-2011, a study was published by University of Colorado Denver Professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University Assistant Professor D. Mark Anderson showing states that have legalized medical marijuana experience fewer fatal car crashes compared to states that have not. The researchers suggest that there may be fewer fatal drunk driving accidents in those jurisdictions because more people may be choosing to smoke marijuana instead of making the more dangerous choice of consuming alcohol - both traffic fatalities and alcohol consumption declined. The rate of fatal crashes in which a driver had consumed any alcohol dropped 12% after medical marijuana was legalized, and crashes involving high levels of alcohol consumption fell 14%. The study thoroughly accounted for other contributing factors regarding this decrease, such as changes in the number of miles traveled each year and new traffic laws. "Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," - Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uocd-ssm112911.php
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Jerry Belle, * Hall & Hommel (2007) considered whether there was “sufficient evidence to discourage cannabis users from driving by conducting roadside drug testing. They concluded that there was “no scientifically persuasive evidence that” random drug testing has saved lives. Similarly, Weatherburn et al. (2003) argued “there are no solid grounds for asserting that cannabis intoxication is a major cause of road trauma”. Consideration needs to be given to evidence that THC serum concentration does not always denote impairment (Bedard et al. 2007). -- Laumon et al.’s (2005) conclusion corroborates these findings and reports that the role of cannabis in “fatal crashes is significantly lower than that associated with [any] positive blood alcohol concentration.” Whilst Grotenhermen et al. (2007) do suggest that a concentration of 7-10 ng/ml is comparable to a blood alcohol content of 0.05%, Bedard et al. report that the “frequency of drinking and driving and the severe impact of alcohol on driving abilities are well beyond what has been shown with cannabis”. Hall, W. & Hommel, R. (2007). Reducing cannabis-impaired driving: is there sufficient evidence for drug testing of drivers? Addiction, 102(12), 1918-9. Weatherburn, D., Jones, C. & Donelly, N. (2003). Prohibition and Cannabis Use in Australia: A Survey of 18- to 29-year-olds. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36(1), 77-93
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Jerry Belle, * Relative risk of vehicle collision whilst under the 'acute' influence of cannabis is 1.92 whilst the relative risk of a similar vehicle accident with a blood alcohol content of 0.8 g/100 mL (the legal limit in many places) is 2.69. http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e536 * A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, "Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes." REFERENCE: G. Chesher and M. Longo. 2002. Cannabis and alcohol in motor vehicle accidents. * A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than is a driver who has not consumed alcoholic beverages, and a driver with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater is about 25 times more likely. * In a 60 km/h zone the risk of involvement in a vehicle accident with casualties increases exponentially (doubles) with each 5 km/h increase in traveling speed. http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/1997/pdf/Speed_Risk_1.pdf * Talking on a Cell phone while driving Increases accident risk by a factor of 4.
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Jerry Belle, * Texting while driving Increases accident risk by a factor of 23. * Eating and drinking is a factor in more accidents than DUI, cell phone use or texting while driving. http://www.montlick.com/accident-blog/754-studies-show-eating-a-drinking-while-driving-may-be-a-greater-distraction-than-cell-phones * The smokers of cigarettes - even if they do not smoke while driving - have an increased accident risk of 1.5 * Smoking cigarettes while driving Increases accident risk by a factor of 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2331646 * Alcohol-related accidents are so prevalent, an estimated 40 percent of all persons in the United States will be involved in a traffic mishap blamed on alcohol at some point in their lives. http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/drive/a/aa070297.htm *** It is important to note that once marijuana is 'Legalized and Regulated' it will still be an offense to drive while impaired - DUI laws already apply to marijuana just like they do alcohol. The fact that being under the influence of a substance makes you a worse driver should have no bearing on its legality in general - otherwise we would be forced to hand the market in alcohol back to machine-gun tooting bootleggers.
Malcolm Kyle August 13, 2012 at 08:37 AM
Bricktown Lew, Marijuana's prohibition, like all other similar futile attempts at curbing "man's desire to alter his consciousness", has invariably been rooted in hate, paranoia, racism, misinformation, half-truths, and outright lies. It's your right to disagree, just try to do it factually and with less hate lies. Everyone of us has had enough time to see through, and disregard, the hate and lies we've already heard a million times. They were hate and lies then, they are hate and lies now. There is no debate: Marijuana is absolutely safer than alcohol, tobacco, or even most, of our over-the-counter "medicines". Prohibition, on the other hand, is a costly nightmare that only enriches criminals and corrupt politicians. Millions of citizens are already using marijuana, legal or not. What many sane people are proposing is to take the criminal aspect out of it and collect revenues from its sale, instead of spending millions of precious tax dollars on doomed-to-failure enforcement. MARIJUANA CURES CANCER: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4 http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/marijuana-cures-cancer-us-government-has-known-since-1974/ http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/pbs-documentary-sheds-light-on-marijuanas-cancer-killing-properties/
ParentM August 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM
@Malcom, Kevin, and D5 - Love your facts! It amazes me how under educated people are when I see the comment section here on the patch. I'm not talking "Masters Degree" educated. I'm talking factual and common sense. These are the same people who vote in our Law Makers. I do not use MM nor street. BUT, I have had many family members succumb to the affects of cancer. I have also seen how the MM can help them with their pain. Thank you for your factual information.
Laura McHale August 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
agree about alternative/natural meds and it is no different than as with physical therapy, you still have to go so often and pay the co-pay...three times a week adds up, but what if you had to pay $200 to register for the "right" to go to there? That is what I have an issue with, it is done to be a deterrent, that's just wrong. The pain meds that you do not have to register for, that insurance covers, are far more dangerous to the body than this is. If you have a chronic disease, and are on the meds, over time, they stop working, now you need more than your liver can handle, yet you still are enduring so much pain and need something, or you have taken your pain meds and have 2 hours to go before you can take another. I just think that the fee, the idea of one, is outrageous! Let's bear in mind the cost of having any of these illnesses, the constant doctor appointments, the meds to fight the disease, surgeries, etc. with, without insurance, its a lot of money that is constantly being put out. I understand how careful the government feels they must be, so as it does not get into the wrong hands, but let's put this into perspective, you do not pay this high of a fee for the right to own a gun. People in so much pain are NOT looking for a way to get high, just trying to cope with the situation they find themselves in, only trying to survive. Would I pay it? yes, however, I feel they should be ashamed of themselves for implementing it!
Laura McHale August 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
So someone dealing with these specific diseases should be punished to cover others abusive behavior. This so called "war on drugs" is not working and this fee will not change any of it. Parents need to smarten up, lock up the meds if you must, you are responsible for what you have in your home. Talk with your kids, know your kids and if your find a problem "you" take care of it!
lifelonginbrick August 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Sorry but this is such a joke. They are making it waaaay to hard for people who need MM to get it. The hoops they are making people jump through along with the great expense is just sick. For example the provision "•The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year." Okaay, so only six doctors are registered in Ocean County. My husband has progressive MS and also suffers from seisures. The pain sometimes means he goes 24-48 hours w/o sleeping and the drugs make him not feel eating for as long sometimes so MM may really help. However his neuroligist is not registered as of yet so what? He now has to go to one of these six (are any of them even neurologist?) for A YEAR before he can apply?? Great job Christie.
lifelonginbrick August 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
This should just be legalized for everyone period. The so called "war on drugs" is a giant failure that has just sqandered billions of tax payer dollars and increased violence and crime. Just legalize it and treat it like booze, tax the heck out of it. Look at how the Swiss have dealt with drugs if you want to see a country successfully deal with drugs. Prohibition ended when the states just decided they weren't going to do it any more and this moronic pointless law against weed will end when states just decide they aren't going to play the game anymore.
Laura McHale August 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
AGREE
Bricktown Lew August 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Let me tell you something now, Mr. Kevin Hunt. First of all, I get my facts from the DOJ (Department of Justice) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Since I have experience in actually having to deal daily with youngster with drug habits, my info sources come from the government, not some blogger or whatever. Also, I personally have been diagnosed with some of the medical conditions for you mentioned in your comment (for more than 2 decades) and so have some relatives of mine and we have been treated successfully with medicines. Medicines. Medicines that DO NOT cause a person to become high and under the influence. Medicines that don't effect reflexes or vision and can operate motor vehicles in a safe, normal, manner. No, I am not a control freak projecting morals. I am a person who knows 100% that other people with my medical issues will be running out to get marijuana and use their condition as an excuse to get high. If you don't believe that when you are really stupid. Something tells me, you would be one that runs to the doc for pot. Anyway, I say this...the roads are dangerous enough as is down here. All we would need would be more people driving under the influence of pot and blaming it on their medical conditions. Do you really think that people who will be using "medical marijuana" will never be high behind the wheel? When I see a car weaving on and off the road, I'll be thinking of people like you who don't care who is behind the wheel.
Clown Baby August 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
You claim you get your facts from the DOJ yet you post no actual numbers...
Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
" I get my facts from the DOJ " It's a biased source. They get paid to keep marijuana illegal. "No, I am not a control freak projecting morals. ......as an excuse to get high.' Like I said, why do you care if people "get high"? Do you care if people get drunk in their own homes, as long as they stay off the roads? You are projecting the same Calvinist "morals" that led to alcohol prohibition and maintain the current failed marijuana prohibition. As far as driving and marijuana, you have no proof that marijuana causes weaving; that is drunkenness that causes weaving. "Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use " Source: Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption by D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees (November 2011)
Bricktown Lew August 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Maybe you should put the blunt down for a minute and actually READ my post before claiming who I am, how great of a life I have, and why I post what I do?
Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"you should put the blunt down for a minute"..ad hominem...weak
none of yobusiness August 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Dust off my Pink Floyd albums I feel my arthritis acting up! Puff puff!
Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Sorry, severe pain from arthritis is not a qualifying condition. Time to kill yourself with All-American 100% legal Vicodin. Is there such a thing as "opiate rock"? I suppose Nirvana might do.
grace August 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
hopefully it taken seriously and given to those who really can benefit. my question is are there pill forms or just smokable...wondering for asthmatics?
grace August 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM
and pay 200 dollars to register!
grace August 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM
wow then my crippling arthritis isnt legit thats great
none of yobusiness August 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Is it true Bricktown Lew that you are having this argument while washing back a few beers or possibly sipping a Dewers and water?
Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM
@ Jenny Jones. "my question is are there pill forms or just smokable..." If all you can get is bud, and not edibles, you can make your own: Simmer an ounce of weed in a mixture of 1 qt. water and 1 qt. canola oil for 2 hours. Strain the mixture through a cloth and allow the oil to separate in a mason jar. Remove the oil with a turkey baster. Save the oil and throw the water away, since THC is not water soluble. 1/2 teaspoon of oil on a piece of toast is a good starting dose.
Kevin_Hunt August 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Dewars+Vicodin = Liver damage!!
Malcolm Kyle August 14, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Get a clue, Lew! "Evidence provides no indication that decriminalization leads to a measurable increase in marijuana use." — Boston University Department of Economics "There is little evidence that decriminalization of marijuana use necessarily leads to a substantial increase in marijuana use." — National Academy of Sciences "The preponderance of the evidence which we have gathered and examined points to the conclusion that decriminalization has had virtually no effect either on the marijuana use or on related attitudes and beliefs about marijuana use among American young people." — The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research "The Dutch experience, together with those of a few other countries with more modest policy changes, provides a moderately good empirical case that removal of criminal prohibitions on cannabis possession (decriminalization) will not increase the prevalence of marijuana or any other illicit drug; the argument for decriminalization is thus strong." — British Journal of Psychiatry
Tom Cular August 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM
This whole MM issue is BS. Thirty seven years ago my dad was advised (off the record by a Dr.) to try a bit of pot to combat nausea brought on by chemo, it helped. My recently deceased wife was taking three drugs for the same reason, they only partially worked. When you can't hold down a glass of water without nausea do you really care if the substance that helps is legal? NJ is an hour late and a dollar short as usual.
albertmerwin August 31, 2012 at 04:45 PM
can any one let me know where to start this proscess cause it the only way i can get thru the body without it thanks al
Pot head April 03, 2013 at 04:28 AM
F um smoke if ya need ta smoke ! Don't ask don't tell! Mex's need the $$ we stole there land antyway!

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