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January 19, 2010

N.J. Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Gov. Corzine

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N.J. Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Gov. Corzine

NJ Gov. Jon Corzine tonight signed a measure making New Jersey the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, part of a flurry of bills the Democrat penned in his last full day on the job.

Corzine also signed legislation requiring chain restaurants to provide nutritional information to customers, ending state control of Camden, and adding new layers of accountability to the state’s higher education system.

The governor stayed out of sight in his Newark office as the Statehouse was readied for Republican Gov. elect Chris Christie, who takes office at noon Tuesday.

“I have enormous gratitude to the people of New Jersey for this decade of opportunity to serve,” said Corzine, a U.S. Senator before becoming governor. He has not revealed his future plans.

The marijuana bill (S119) is expected to take effect in six months. Only patients with specific illnesses would be permitted to get a prescription: cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gherig’s disease), severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and any terminal illness if a doctor has determined the patient will die within a year.

The law allows the state health department to include other illnesses when it writes rules implementing it.

The law has other restrictions, such as forbidding people from growing their own marijuana, ensuring it is dispensed through licensed “alternate treatment centers,” and requiring designated caretakers who retrieve the drug on behalf of someone severely ill to undergo criminal background checks.



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