Thursday, December 3, 2009
No Vote on NJ A804 Medical Marijuana in December
Alas, no Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or even Festivus for the Rest of Us for medical marijuana patients in New Jersey.
The last Assembly voting session of the year has been posted and the A804 Medical Marijuana Bill was not scheduled for the December 7th vote.
We believe the Assembly is still amending the bill, hopefully bringing it more in line with the less restrictive Senate version.
There are two Assembly voting opportunities left in this lame duck legislative session - January 7 and 11th, 2010. Senate sessions follow both, allowing the Senate to approve the changes in the bill over the version they passed early this year. Governor Corzine will still be able to sign it before his term ends.
Not that I'd try to pressure our Legislature about this missed opportunity or anything, but between December 7 and January 7 another 1200 New Jerseyans will die of cancer; 12,000 MS patients will still be denied an effective treatment; and innumerable others will continue to suffer another month. Just saying.
Let's all keep our fingers crossed for NJ Medical Marijuana patients!