Under the new bill signed earlier this week by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), medical marijuana will now be more accessible to patients in the state, writes Calvin Hughes.
A number of changes are coming to New Jersey’s medical marijuana program including increasing possession limits, boosting the number of medical marijuana producers and lowering the threshold to receive medical marijuana.
Previously, only patients suffering from debilitating conditions qualified for medical marijuana, but that has now changed. Patients suffering from conditions including epilepsy, PTSD, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain and opioid-use disorder are all eligible for medical marijuana treatments.
Patients can also possess up to a one year supply of medical cannabis (up from a 90-day limit previously) and home delivery will now be allowed.
«Today’s legislation creates a medical marijuana program that is modernized, compassionate, progressive, and meets the needs of patients,» Murphy said after signing the new bill.
This is the second time Murphy has moved to expand the state’s medical marijuana program since gaining office. Under his leadership, the number of medical marijuana patients has grown from 15,000 under former Gov. Chris Christie (R) to 49,000 now.
And while the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program is certainly welcome, it comes in the wake of Murphy’s failure to push recreational legalization through earlier this year. This means New Jersey joins the likes of New York and New Mexico, who both passed less progressive legislation following failed attempts at full legalization.