New Jersey State Assembly approves medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the first in the region and the 14th in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

The measure was to be voted on by the State Senate later in the afternoon, the final day of the legislative session. If passed, it would allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis to have 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 because it would only permit doctors to prescribe it for a list of serious chronic illnesses. The legislation would also forbid patients from growing their own marijuana and using it in public, and it would regulate the drug under the strict conditions used to track the distribution of medically prescribed opiates like Oxycontin and morphine.

“I truly believe this will become a model for other states because it balances the compassionate use of medical marijuana while limiting the number of ailments that a physician can prescribe it for,” said Mr. Gusciora, who sponsored the bill…

In other words, New Jersey is still run by chickenshit politicians.

Opponents of the New Jersey bill often use California’s experience as a cautionary tale, saying that medical marijuana is so loosely regulated there that the state has essentially decriminalized the drug. Under California law, residents can legally obtain marijuana to treat a list of maladies as common, and undefined, as anxiety or chronic pain…

As the legislators prepared to vote on the measure, more than a dozen chronically ill patients rallied at the State House to urge lawmakers to pass it.

I sincerely wonder if any NJ legislators considered any of the studies on the usefulness of medical marijuana, the absurdity of continuing current criminal practices – or did they just rely on the advice of their friendly neighborhood wardheelers?

3 thoughts on “New Jersey State Assembly approves medical marijuana

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    I sincerely wonder if any NJ legislators considered any of the studies on the usefulness of medical marijuana, the absurdity of continuing current criminal practices

    While I applaud the New Jersey action, I disagree with your comment.

    There is very little research done to show any efficacy for marijuana. As far as I know, all the evidence is anecdotal. Maybe for some conditions that is enough.

    The biggest problem is the lack of money for long term, in-depth studies. Ya, ya, I know, the DEA and drug companies have blocked them. Until we see some good studies though, we should err on the side of caution.

    • Cinaedh says:

      Soon I expect to see many, many detailed, in-depth studies from well-paid, renowned scientists, concerning the dangers posed by marijuana and horror stories about the overwhelming harm resulting from use of said weed.

      The research you’re seeking will be bought and paid for – just like the studies that say pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides are harmless and good for all of us, not to mention the environment, oil and coal are clean, efficient, environmentally sound energy solutions, cell phones are absolutely harmless, especially when you’re driving, electric cars are too expensive and impossible to design and/or to sell…

      …etcetera, ad nauseum.

      That old saying about not being able to fool all of the people all of the time never took into consideration the possibility all modern media was going to be owned and operated by the exact same people with their own common agendas.

      • Mr. Fusion says:

        I am happy to say I am not as cynical.

        There are enough willing participants and researchers that can make studies. The drug companies will avoid the studies as there is nothing in it for them.

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