UPDATE: Today, Governor Christie sent the bill making changes to New Jersey’s medical marijuana program back to the legislature. Christie has said he will sign the bill if changes are made that will require both a physician and pediatrician to sign off on the prescription, and that edible forms of medical marijuana will be made available only to qualifying minors.
Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey. Former governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine, signed a medical marijuana bill into law on his last day in office, in January of 2010. Incoming Gov. Chris Christie delayed implementation of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program until July 2011 in order to put in place a regulatory structure that many claim is too strict and overly complicated.
In addition to the complicated existing structure for legal medical marijuana imposed by Gov. Christie, he is sitting on a bill passed in June to allow use of certain low THC strains of medical marijuana to be used by children, along with loosening some of the unduly restrictive regulations for adult use.
The bill, which passed both New Jersey legislative Houses with bipartisan support, would make several changes to the existing program. It would reduce the number of doctors required to recommend medical marijuana from three to one, and remove the requirement that (one) needs to be a psychiatrist. It would allow edible forms of medical marijuana to be made available for children. Lastly, it would remove the restriction that only three strains of marijuana be grown in New Jersey for medical purposes.