New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Improve Medical Marijuana Access

New Jersey’s medical marijuana law has shown itself to be overly restrictive and flawed in many ways, but fortunately, the legislature has approved a bill that would make a few significant improvements.

S2842/A4241 was drafted on behalf of two-year-old patient Vivian Wilson, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome but has not been able to benefit from the state’s the program. The bill, which has been supported by our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance, would make three significant changes to New Jersey’s law:

* It would remove the requirement that an alternative treatment center may only grow three strains of marijuana.
* It would allow medical marijuana to be distributed in edible forms and other forms approved by the Commissioner of Health.
* It would remove the requirement that minor patients with serious illnesses must receive a recommendation from a pediatrician and psychiatrist in addition to the treating physician.

This bill passed the Assembly Monday in a 55-13 vote after having previously been approved by the Senate, 24-14. However, Gov. Chris Christie has not indicated whether he will sign the bill, and in an interview last month, he said he’s “not inclined to allow” minors to have access to medical marijuana.

If you are a New Jersey resident, please call Gov. Christie today and urge him to sign this bill.

3 thoughts on “New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Improve Medical Marijuana Access”

  1. Why bother to vote when the electoral college decides it all. These states cast the electorals according to whoever has the most votes from other states. So why bother.
    the National Popular Vote bill has been passed by the legislatures of six states six states: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington. Combined, these six states control 73 electoral votes or 27 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the plan. The National Popular Vote bill has also been passed by at least one chamber of the legislatures of 14 other states.

  2. The above comment seems mostly irrelevant. :(

    Chris Christie’s insensitivity on this topic seems to be linked directly to his (self-)image as tough-guy former prosecutor. He thinks he’s got some (legal) Tony Soprano in him: savvy, street-wise, strong, and widely and duly feared.

    Everyone has to realize that despite his protestations, Chris Christie is thinking about 2016. He’s thinking about Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s thinking about how signing this bill–or vetoing it–will help him in a primary election and a presidential contest.

    People with access to the metaphorical megaphones (e.g., TV, Editorial columns, popular political websites, etc) need to clearly explain to Gov. Christie that he will pay a political price for attacking or impeding the treatment of sick people.

    Gov. Christie is a skilled politician. The name of the game in democratic politics is to attempt to take both sides of every issue. This way, the widest spectrum of people believe that you are their ally.

    Christie has already done this by pretending to execute the MMJ bill while allowing every opponent to throw up barriers against it, maximally delaying the opening of dispensaries, and burdening them with crippling regulations.

    Chris Christie must know that the compassionate care movement is watching him. We have eyes, brains, and an excellent memory.

    We will remember in 2016.

  3. the problem is that christie doesn’t understand one thing. He thinks that he is so popular in NJ that he will be the same in all of USA. I don’t think so. There is something about the population of NJ that likes his brash, crass, unassuming, style. But accross the country, this doesn’t play so well. I am not sure why he doesn’t understand this. His stances on this issue is very puzzling. He acts as if he is incompetent to open and regulate dispensaries, like its too hard to do. OTOH, he brags about his accomplishments making deals and what he calls ‘bi-partisanship’. How anyone can look at themselves knowing that they are causing patients to suffer for no reason, is beyond my understanding. I therefore consider him to be a Satanic figure. Enjoying what he is doing to others.

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