Monday, January 18, 2010

NJ Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

Now We Are the 14th Medical Marijuana State!

N.J. medical marijuana law signed by Gov. Corzine

By Claire Heininger/Statehouse Bureau

January 18, 2010, 8:00PM

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.

The governor stayed out of sight in his Newark office as the Statehouse was readied for Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who takes office at noon Tuesday.

“I have enormous gratitude to the people of New Jersey for this decade of opportunity to serve,” said Corzine, a U.S. Senator before becoming governor. He has not revealed his future plans.

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


  1. A as migraine patient for 58 years I am sorry that limits wil not allow me to use mirijuana as a pain releavor. Please consider those of us who suffer from cronic migraines as they inhibit a normal life and effect both work, family and leasure.

  2. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services can periodically review the regulations and add new conditions. Pain treatment is one of the most important usages of medical cannabis. We will all be working to get the Dept. of Health to consider adding this to the listed conditions.

  3. I'm confused. I though chronic pain was included? I read one article it says it is, then another says no its not. Please clearify for me. Thanks.