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Monday, September 9, 2013

NJ To Vote on Changes to State's Medical Marijuana Laws - What is your Opinion?

New Jersey lawmakers will likely vote today on a measure aimed at easing restrictions on the state's medical marijuana laws.  Essentially, the bill would allow marijuana facilities to more then three types of marijuana.  According to medical marijuana advocates, the bill would make it easier to convert marijuana into non-smokable forms for the benefit of those patients who qualify for the treatment, especially sick children.  If the bill is passed, it will be submitted to Gov. Christie for his signature.  

Presently, NJ's medical marijuana laws are far more restrictive than many of the states on the west coast. Under NJ's present laws only people meeting certain medical criteria may qualify for the treatment. These criteria include a diagnosis of a "debilitating medical condition" that is "resistant to conventional therapy." Some conditions that may qualify under NJ law include:

  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
  • Intractable Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS positivity
  • Cancer resulting in severe or chronic pain, nausea, cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • ALS
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Crohn's disease any terminal illness with a prognosis of one year or less

Do you think that the bill should pass?

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