New Jersey Likely To Legalize Medical Marijuana

January 6, 2010 – State lawmakers in New Jersey will likely pass a bill to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, allowing HIV-infected patients to use the drug to relieve pain.

The latest version of the bill (S119) would also allow individuals with cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and “any other medical condition” approved by the state Health Department to be eligible to receive medical marijuana.

If the legislation passes, New Jersey will become the 14th state in the country to legalize medical marijuana.

Current Democratic Governor Jon Corzine has committed to signing the medical marijuana bill if it reaches his desk, but the Senate and the Assembly have yet to reach a final compromise about certain aspects of the legislation.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a sponsor of the bill, said the two branches do agree on “95 percent” of the bill’s details. S119 will be reintroduced to the new Legislature if it does not reach Corzine’s desk before he leaves office in January.

During a televised debate on October 1, Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie, who takes office on January 19, pledged he would sign the pending bill only if its “safeguards” were strengthened.

“We don’t want people who have a headache to be able to go and get marijuana,” Christie said. “We want to make sure we don’t turn into California.”

California’s laws have been widely criticized for not setting strict limits on access to the drug. Patients and their caregivers in California may possess and grow marijuana.

New Jersey’s proposed law sets stricter limits. The legislation requires that patients pick up the drug, and patients are limited to one ounce of marijuana a month.

In California, patients are allowed to possess no more than eight ounces at a time. By Nora Proops. Source.

One response to “New Jersey Likely To Legalize Medical Marijuana”

  1. 1 Ounce a Month? ?A MONTH? Oh, Now they are Doctors? 1 Ounce would last me barely 2 weeks, The rest of the time I would have to be in pain? BULLSHIT!!! I would like to see THEM in pain, I would like to LIMIT them on an effective Medication and watch THEM suffer, Bastards care more about their Corporate Buddies than they do about the people they are supposed serve.
    If you are legalizing for recreational use for ALL over 21, 1 Ounce a Month might be a “Fair” Place to start but NOT for Medical patients, What ASSHOLES!!!! Just leaving the door open to bust & Jail a lot of innocent people for “Having too much” OR Discourage use by NOT allowing people to posses enough to be effective, AND WHY can`t I use It for a headache if I want to, It`s Effective AND Non-Toxic, Safer than Aspirin!!!
    Sorry if the Language is a little harsh but this kind of Ignorance really pisses me off!!!

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