New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Gov. Corzine

January 18, 2010 – TRENTON — Gov. Jon Corzine tonight signed a measure making New Jersey the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, part of a flurry of bills the Democrat penned in his last full day on the job.

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The marijuana bill (S119) is expected to take effect in six months. Only patients with specific illnesses would be permitted to get a prescription: cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gherig’s disease), severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and any terminal illness if a doctor has determined the patient will die within a year.

The law allows the state health department to include other illnesses when it writes rules implementing it.

The law has other restrictions, such as forbidding people from growing their own marijuana, ensuring it is dispensed through licensed “alternate treatment centers,” and requiring designated caretakers who retrieve the drug on behalf of someone severely ill to undergo criminal background checks.

“It means a lot to my family whether I can go sleigh-riding or not, or even just a day at the beach,” said Chuck Kwiatkowski, a 38-year-old multiple sclerosis patient from Hazlet who uses the drug. “It’s a great thing to not feel like a criminal anymore.”

Opponents said it would send the wrong message to children and promote crime.

By Claire Heininger. Source.

One response to “New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Gov. Corzine”

  1. As I Asked Before – Is New Jersey Violating the law by creating the State as a Monopoly to distribute Cannabis? 2 Ounces a Month? I would have to suffer in pain the Last 10 – 12 Days of EACH Month If I lived there! Glad I don`t!!!
    Someone needs to start READING the U.S.Constitution.

    § 2. Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty

    Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

    By NOT letting people grow their own, you are Illegally making the “STATE” a Monopoly, ARE YOU NOT? You are also depriving people that need different types of medicine, ONE Plant Variety does NOT suit ALL!!!!!! Is the State going to be Growing around 20 or 30 Different Strains? I don’t think so!!!! Where the Hell is you “Common Sense” New Jersey? You CAN have Private Enterprise do this and Keep it tightly Regulated!!! What a person does inside their own home should nobody’s business anyway, LET THEM GROW!!!! Unless you intend to provide it to them for FREE!!!!!!! If you insist they cannot grow, The Cost should be NOTHING, Otherwise you would actually be creating a MONOPOLY!!!!!!

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