The New Jersey Legislature has approved a bill allowing chronically ill patients access to marijuana for medical reasons.
Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine supports the legislation and could sign it before leaving office next week. That would make New Jersey the 14th state to allow medicinal marijuana use.
The compromise bill was approved by the state's Assembly and Senate on Monday.
The legislation would allow patients with ailments such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to buy up to 2 ounces of marijuana a month at state-monitored dispensaries.
Home growing and driving while high would remain illegal.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora was a co-sponsor of the measure. He says New Jersey's Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act would be the nation's strictest such law.