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Marijuana Is Legal In New Jersey?

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The New Jersey Legislature on Monday approved a plan that would make the state the 14th in the nation, but one of the few on the East Coast, to legalize the use of marijuana to help patients with chronic illnesses.

The General Assembly and state Senate, on the final day of the legislative session, approved a plan to allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses — including cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis — access to marijuana distributed through state-monitored dispensaries.

Gov. Jon Corzine has said he would sign it into law before leaving office next Tuesday. Supporters said that within nine months, patients with a prescription from their doctors should be able to obtain marijuana at one of six locations around the state.

Approval of the law, after years of lobbying by patient-rights groups and advocates of less restrictive drug laws, was nearly derailed at the eleventh hour as some Democratic lawmakers wavered and Gov.-elect Chris Christie, a Republican, went to the State House and expressed reservations.

However, it passed by comfortable margins in both houses: 48-14 in the General Assembly and 25-13 in the state Senate.

Those who do not like the fact of legalizing Marijuana in NJ often pointed to California as a caution, saying that medical marijuana is so loosely regulated there that its use has essentially been decriminalized. Under California law, residents can obtain legal marijuana for a list of illnesses as common, and as vaguely defined, as anxiety or chronic pain!

But as for Jersey, they will be sticking to cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosisas as the requirements to gain some medical marijuana.


I had to start a new poll =)


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