Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Jersey, outgoing Gov. Corzine expected to legalize medical marijuana

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 4:00 AM

Marijuana buds confiscated by law enforcement officers.
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Marijuana buds confiscated by law enforcement officers.

The Garden State is set to bloom with weed.

Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine is expected to sign legislation before leaving office next week making New Jersey the nation's 14th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Legislators approved a law Monday allowing chronically ill patients to buy up to 2 ounces of pot a month at state-monitored dispensaries.

"I don't think we should make criminals out of our very sick and terminally ill," said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton), co-sponsor of the bill.

Corzine, who supports the legislation, is expected to sign it into law before turning over power to incoming Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor who has voiced concerns over the bill.

The law authorizes the state Department of Health to issue patients with "debilitating medical conditions" like cancer or AIDS the right to legally possess marijuana.

Unlike other states where medical marijuana is legalized, patients will not be allowed to grow their own.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/01/12/2010-01-12_new_jersey_set_to_legalize_medical_pot.html#ixzz0cPTdR7Uc
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