Medical marijuana

Patients can smoke medical marijuana, cook it to oil for edibles, make it into a cream to rub on the skin and more.

If you’re a patient or physician in the state’s medical marijuana program, participation may have just gotten a little easier with a new mobile platform.

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that physicians, caregivers and physicians can now register, upload documents and make payments on tablets, phones and other devices.

The new mobile compatibility is part of a series of efforts by the Department of Health to improve and expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

“For the first time since the program’s inception, the website is now mobile friendly,” Dr. Shereef Elnahal, state health commissioner, said in a statement. “With the rise in smartphone and tablet usage, providing mobile access to the medicinal marijuana program is a great first step.”

About 19,216 patients, 577 physicians and 870 caregivers participate in the program — a far smaller number than similarly populated states, officials said.

Mobile access was one of more than 20 legislative and regulatory reforms recommended in Elnahal’s report last month to Gov. Phil Murphy after a 60-day comprehensive review of the state’s program.

Murphy announced March 27 the program would add five new conditions — anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic visceral pain — effective immediately.

Other changes included reduced patient and caregiver fees and allowing dispensaries to seek satellite locations.

Health officials also proposed increasing the current medicine limits and allowing those in hospice care to get an unlimited supply.

For more program details and patient registration, go to marijuana.

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