Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Legislation Update: Poised to Pass?

Senton Hall Law, by Kate Greenwood

Supporters are hopeful that before Governor-Elect Chris Christie takes office next month, the New Jersey legislature will pass — and current Governor Jon Corzine will sign — medical marijuana legislation. In February 2009, the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” which would allow patients suffering from “debilitating medical conditions” to treat their symptoms with marijuana without fear of state criminal reprisals, passed the state Senate.

In June 2009, Seton Hall Law’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy issued a position paper calling on the full legislature to pass the Act, arguing that it would “allow New Jersey residents with debilitating medical conditions access to marijuana to ease their suffering without creating an undue risk of abuse or diversion.”

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