NJ Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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.

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  • by wow on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    us citizen for now? Do you know anything? Well I wont hold it against you because you are just going off what the government told you. Marijuana doesn't kill brain cells, a lot of people who indulge are pretty intelligent, plus you don't have to be a liberal to smoke! Please do some research on the internet so that you can have informed conversations with us.
  • by ANON on Jan 13, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    Why not throw in some medical crack to go with it.
  • by HeathW Location: Dunn, NC on Jan 12, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    If anyone wants to help get medical marijuana legal in NC, write your representatives and ask them to support HB 1380. More here: http://nccpn.org/
  • by Just Waiting Location: Hubert on Jan 12, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Now a days, technology has dissaproved most of the "old way" principles and standards. Those who continue to believe in the "old way" will be left behind. CEO's of bankrupt banks, Madoff,and old people who need to retire believe in the "old way" and continue to waste our tax dollars. I believe everything is going to be alright because I am in charge of my destiny. If I fail, there is no one else to blame but myself. Eat a root!
  • by Just Waiting Location: Hubert on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    Couldn't have put it more clearer. Thanks for the insight HeathW.
  • by HeathW Location: Dunn, NC on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    Marijuana is less harmful than caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco. Its documented therapeutic benefits are many, and growing every month. Legitimizing it like this, for medical use, deprives the Mexican cartels of an income stream, keeps the prisons free of harmless individuals (leaving more room for violent, dangerous offenders), and allows individuals suffering from serious illnesses the relief they deserve. Good call, NJ. Hope NC is next.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    Just Waiting for his next toke. Stoned people believe thaaaat iiiiit's aaaall ggggood. Everything's gonna be alright as long as we stay stoned. The old ways are just principles and standards which work. Stick with what works and not your own understanding. CoughingMAO!!! You still have a few brain cells left, vote No to medical marijuana!!!
  • by Just Waiting Location: Hubert on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    I think the intelligence shows when people have marijuana listed in the same sentence as heroin and cocaine. People who are stuck in 1864 need to come to 2010 and quit holding on to the old ways. The "Good ol'boys" are getting busted everyday blowing our tax dollars. The answer is found at "Google", not from an 80 year old or Mrs Palin. Keeping holding on my friend, and you will be passed. LOL! NC is next for medical marijuana!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    What a dumb idea B, using marijuana in most cases cause ones morals & ethics to decline, job losses from being under the influence, destroys millions of brain cells & causes cancer. Not to mention all the millions in US money flooding into Mexico & South America fueling violent ruthless drug lords which in turn, use the money to ship cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs into our country. You've got to be buzzed out. Wake up, get clean and get a life. Hey, the 60's drugged up, brain damaged radical dem's running congress including George Soros would agree with your plan. Look at what they're doing to our country! Your plan would be the straw that broke the camels back.
  • by B Location: Pitt County on Jan 12, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    Let's make it legal and tax the crap out of it! Not only would we make mad revenue from the taxes but it would also cut down on crime associated with marijuana; dealers could no longer make money off of a product that people can legally buy in a store. I'd rather see marijuana legalized and alcohol banned; people don't get violent when they smoke, they just eat a lot!
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