New Jersey Approves Marijuana as Medicine

The state of New Jersey will become the 14th state in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes as both state legislature chambers approved it. marijuana_decriminalization2

The New Jersey Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act was passed by the state assembly 48-14 and the state Senate at 25-13. The bill will be signed into law before Governor Jon Corzine steps down from office next week, January 19. Chris Christie takes over his post from that date. Christie has informed that he will also be willing to sign the bill into law.

The bill will allow patients with severe and painful diseases such as AIDS, multiple sclerosis and cancer to buy up to two ounces per month. The doctors would be giving them state-issued identification cards to buy marijuana from registered alternative treatment centers. The Department of Health and Senior Services will issue the cards.

It is said that the bill will be the strictest version among those that are in effect from the other 13 states where the use of marijuana is legal.