The Green Alternative Doctor

Dr. Fortino, The Green Alternative Doctor is Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s leading expert in administering medical marijuana evaluations and medical marijuana certifications to obtain a medical cannabis card.

Medical marijuana is safe and effective. We stand behind the growing scientific evidence that supports its use as a medical alternative for patients suffering from debilitating and chronic pain as well as opiate addiction. Dr. Fortino and his staff are committed to the medicinal value cannabis brings to your holistic health care treatment.


Patients receiving state aid, veterans, seniors 65+, pediatric patients, and those seeking MMP licensure as an adjunct to medication assisted therapy for opioid us disorder. Refer a new patient and get one free 90 day recertification appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Document 1 – Government issue photo identification – Required one of the following:
– Current digital license
– Current digital non-driver ID card
– ID Card

Document 2 – Proof of current New Jersey residency – Required (P.O. Boxes NOT Accepted) one of the following:
– Utility bill issued in the past 90 days that shows your name at your current address
– Utility Bills accepted: Gas-Electric-Water-Sewer-Cell Phone-Cable (Television/Internet/Phone)
– Any correspondence from IRS or State tax office within the last year.

Document 3 – Proof of government assistance – Optional one of the following:
– Medicaid
– Food Stamp Benefits
– Temporary Disability Insurance benefits
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit
– Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits

A bona fide relationship is defined as: a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition whereby:

  • The physician-patient relationship has existed for at least one year; or
  • The physician has seen and/or assessed the patient for the debilitating medical condition on at least four visits; or
  • The physician assumes responsibility for providing management and care of the patient’s debilitating medical condition after conducting a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, including a personal review of the patient’s medical record maintained by other treating physicians reflecting the patient’s reaction and response to conventional medical therapies.
A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have a caregiver if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where they cannot physically go to their alternative treatment center (ATC) by themselves. Patients may designate up to two caregivers.

A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence.

Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient; usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card.

Caregivers are required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background investigation. The fingerprinting forms will be available once the caregiver has begun the online registration.

There is a fee of $100 for a caregiver identification card, unless the caregiver is a senior citizen, military veteran, or receives certain forms of government assistance (see below). In the event any of those conditions are met, the reduced fee is $20. In addition, there is a fee to have your background check processed.

A patient’s application will only be available to the patient’s registered physician, the MMP staff, and ATC personnel.
Medicinal marijuana requires a physician’s authorization, much like other medications that are provided or prescribed by a doctor.
Once you have received your confirmation email stating that your registration fee has been set, you will return to the registry. You will then have to submit your information, including your reference number. Follow the instructions to proceed with your payment.
Yes. You may switch to any operational ATC online at any time.
Yes, MMP physicians have the ability to accept a registered patient who is currently under the responsibility of another MMP physician. The process is completed by the desired physician through the registry.
If a registered patient or registered primary caregiver becomes aware of the theft, loss or destruction of his or her registry ID card, he or she shall notify the MMP within 24 hours after the discovery of the occurrence of the theft, loss, or destruction. There is a small cost to replacing the registry ID card.

*Qualified Patients must meet all legal and medical criteria to be eligible for a medical marijuana Recommendation, as described by the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and diagnosed and documented by the treating physician. Not all patients will qualify for a marijuana / cannabis Recommendation. TGAD’s protocol is subject to change based on New Jersey and Pennsylvania law and currently recommended medical practices.

The information on this web site is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as medical advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, a doctor-patient relationship.

Call Us Today! PA: (215) 336 8000 NJ: (856) 318 4100

Using a multifaceted approach that includes lifestyle counseling and a number of innovative weight-loss treatments, Dr. Robert Fortino places patients on a path to good health.

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New Patients Require an Appointment. Please also note we try not to double book our appointments and we do our best to have patients seen on time.

Please remember to schedule your follow up appointment as soon as possible. We do require a 24 -hour notice for cancellations or missed appointments.

Please note that payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, Debit, and Cash Only. There is a minimum payment of $30 to use a Credit Card or Debit Card. We do not accept American Express, Discover or personal checks.

1822 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19145

Receptionist on Call to  Schedule Appointments
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM- 12:00 Noon

Philadelphia Office Hours 
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (every other week)

Convenient parking at Constitution Center  &  Street parking.

129 Johnson Road A3 Turnersville, NJ 08012

Receptionist on Call to  Schedule Appointments
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM- 12:00 Noon

New Jersey Office Hours 

Monday 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30AM – 1:00 PM / 3:30 PM – 7:45 PM