Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday several immediate changes that will allow New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program to expand far beyond the 18,500 patients who are enrolled now. The biggest change: people with specific kinds of chronic pain, anxiety, migraines and Tourette’s syndrome may ask their doctor to recommend them to the program.

Here’s a quick look at what’s changed and how it may affect you.

Q: What are the medical conditions that qualify a person for the program?

Before Tuesday, and still in effect:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease);
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • terminal cancer;
  • muscular dystrophy;
  • inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease;
  • any terminal illness with a prognosis of less than 12 months;
  • seizure disorders including epilepsy, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, post-traumatic stress disorder and glaucoma qualify if traditional medicine has failed;
  • Severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting and wasting syndrome caused by HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Since Murphy’s announcement, these were immediately added:

  • Anxiety;
  • Migraines;
  • Tourette’s syndrome;
  • Chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, which include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and opioid use disorder;
  • Chronic pain affecting internal organs, such as pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and neurogenic bladder and bowel dysfunction.

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