New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine.

After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical marijuana conditions, including migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. The recommendations, which now must go through several steps to actually become law, would greatly expand one of the nation’s most restrict medical marijuana programs.

The recommendations from the panel will be sent to Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett, who has final say on whether or not the 43 conditions are actually added to the state’s medical marijuana program. There will now be a 60-day public comment period accumulating in a public hearing before Bennett can make her decision.

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Legislation to Legalize Marijuana Unveiled in New Jersey

A proposal to legalize marijuana has been introduced in New Jersey.

At a press conference today at the Statehouse in Trenton, State Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) formally unveiled a proposal that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older. The proposal, if passed into law, would make New Jersey the 9th state in the U.S. to legalize the plant, following Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada.

Similar to how legalization has been handled in those eight state’s, Scutari’s proposal would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers. Retail outlets would be authorized to distribute cannabis to anyone 21 and older, regardless of whether or not they’re a New Jersey resident.

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New Jersey Officials Vote to Expand Medical Cannabis Program

A New Jersey panel today approved expanding the state’s medical cannabis program by including several new qualifying conditions.

The Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel voted to approve to use of medical cannabis for those with anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, Tourette syndrome and chronic pain related to muscular skeletal disorders. This would allow those with these conditions to legally purchase, possess and use medical cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state.

Unfortunately the panel voted against recommending medical cannabis for those with asthma and chronic fatigue.

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Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Everyone 19+ Filed in New Jersey

newjerseyRepublican Assemblymember Michael Carrol has introduced legislation that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 19 and older, similar to how the state handles tobacco.

Assembly Bill 4193 would “legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act”.

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Petition Calling on New Jersey Governor to Sign Medical Cannabis PTSD Bill Gets 11,000 Signatures in 5 Days

ptsdA petition calling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign Assembly Bill 457 into law has received over 11,000 signatures in just five days. Assembly Bill 457 would allow those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis to help treat their ailment.

The proposal was given approval by the state’s legislature on August 1st, with a 29 to 9 in the Senate and a 56 to 13 vote in the Assembly. The measure now sits on the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

“We are calling Governor Christie to quickly sign it into law, allowing those suffering from the ailment to use a medicine that research has continually shown is beneficial”, the petition states.

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Petition: Tell Chris Christie to Sign Bill Adding PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

chris christieOn August 1st New Jersey’s full legislature gave approval to Assembly Bill 457 which would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The vote in the Senate was 29 to 9; the vote in the Assembly was 56 to 13.

Now, the measure sits on the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

We have started a petition calling on Governor Christie to quickly sign the measure into law, which would allow those with PTSD to use a medicine that research has continued to show is beneficial.

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New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis ConditionRoughly a month and a half after being approved by the state’s Assembly, New Jersey’s full Senate has given approval to legislation that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. Assembly Bill 457 now goes to Governor Chris Christie for final consideration; Christie has not made a public comment on the measure.

“For many veterans, the effects of PTSD are not always healed by time and can be lasting and profound,” said Assemblyman Tim Eustace. “When it comes to PTSD, medical marijuana holds the promise of providing significant relief as it does for many other illnesses and conditions that are not easily treatable with traditional medication.”

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New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

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(Photo: mychronicrelief.com)

New Jersey’s full Assembly has voted 55 to 14 to pass legislation that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. Assembly Bill 457 now heads towards a vote in the Senate, where its passage will send it to Governor Chris Christie for consideration.

If passed into law, AB 457 would allow those with PTSD to purchase, possess and use medical cannabis, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. The measure is similar to Assembly Bill 3726, which was passed by New Jersey’s full Assembly last year with a 53 to 13 vote, but failed to advance in the Senate.

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New Jersey Committee Votes Unanimously to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdLegislation that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition has been passed unanimously by New Jersey’s Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee.

Assembly Bill 457 would allow those with PTSD to become legal medical cannabis patients, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state (as with all other patients). The measure is similar to Assembly Bill 3726, which was passed by New Jersey’s full Assembly last year with a 53 to 13 vote, but failed to advance in the Senate

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NJ: Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Job Protection for Medical Cannabis Patients

job protectionNew Jersey’s Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee has given unanimous approval to legislation that would explicitly prohibit employers from firing or discriminating against an employee for participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Under the proposed law (Senate Bill 3162), which was passed 6 to 0, employers can only fire an individual for their medical cannabis use if it clearly impacts their job. The measure has now been sent to the full 40-member Senate, where its passage is expected. If given approval in the full Senate, it will head to the Assembly before going to Governor Chris Christie for final consideration.

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