Today, the New Jersey Assembly approved a measure that would make the state the 14th in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical use! Governor Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign Bill A804 it into law before leaving office next Tuesday. If passed, it would allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis access to marijuana distributed through state-monitored dispensaries.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Democrat from Princeton, said the New Jersey law would be the most restrictive in the nation. Apparently the law only permits doctors to prescribe marijuana for a list of “serious” chronic illnesses. The legislation would also forbid patients from growing their own weed and medicating in public. And, it would regulate cannabis and track it’s distribution like harmful prescribed opiates such as Oxycontin and morphine.
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Nice, A Schedule I drug is a drug defined as having a high potential for abuse or addiction and no known medical value. Doctors cannot prescribe Schedule I drugs. Medical marijuana is the exact opposite of a Schedule I drug: it is rarely addictive and has many medical uses. However, the federal government has resisted rescheduling marijuana for years.
As we all know SB109 passed on Tuesday setting regulations for younger patients and doctors. Thursday in the state capital our senate committee will take public comment so please get out and exercise your free speech if you can on Thursday.