Health Department: Medical marijuana patients double to 34K

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has double the number of participating patients since Gov. Phil Murphy took office in January, his administration said Monday.

Murphy said the decade-old program, which began under Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, has taken “incredible strides” in recent months with the addition of new covered conditions and a plan to double the number of treatment centers to 12.

The expansion to 34,000 patients came after Murphy added five conditions to the list of covered illnesses in March, including anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome and two types of chronic pain, according to Health Department Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. In the more at