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His bill (A3437) would allow an additional 12 dispensaries in New Jersey, up from the current limit of six. Only five dispensaries are open, serving roughly 15,000 patients enrolled in the program.
The legislation would also eliminate the requirement that doctors enroll in a state registry to prescribe medical marijuana, add chronic pain as a qualifying condition and remove restrictions that only let minors get edible products. Adult patients would also be able to get up to a one-year supply of medical marijuana, up from the current 90-day supply cap.
Led by our dynamic Union County State Senator, Nick Scutari, New Jersey is poised at the brink of an era ready for common sense, modern, post-prohibition style drug policy and the legalization of marijuana.
Two expert panelists in favor of legalization of marijuana in New Jersey and two opposed presented “The Dope on Marijuana Legalization,” an information and discussion session hosted by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) on Sunday, April 15 at the Suzanne Patterson Center.
Legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.
Legalizes possession, personal use, cultivation, manufacture and distribution of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.
New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider legalizing marijuana this legislative session.
The most prominent legislative effort comes from Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, but a separate bill is also expected in the Assembly this year. Consumer advocates are urging legislators to include home cultivation in any effort.
With Gov. Phil Murphy estimating over $850 million in 2019 sales, the program will allow selling all cannabis products (flower, vape, concentrates and edibles), anyone over 21 to purchase an ounce of flower, 7 grams of “concentrate” and 16 ounces of edibles, and will license five types of marijuana-related businesses (MRBs): cultivation/manufacturing; processing; wholesaling; transporting and retailing.
Doctors would decide which patients should use marijuana as medicine instead of being limited by a narrow list of eligible diseases set by law, under a sweeping medical marijuana overhaul approved by a state Assembly panel Thursday.
The measure that cleared the Assembly Health Committee would also allow registered patients to buy up to four ounces of cannabis, or twice as much as they are permitted to obtain now.
It would also allow 12 cultivators and 40 dispensaries instead of existing six that are permitted to both grow and sell, according to the bill
New Jersey lawmakers are looking at legislation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora said his bill would allow an additional 12 medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey.
“Currently the state allows six. Only five are open. Many patients say they don’t have ready access to the dispensaries,” he said. “It would also be a way of creating competition and lowering the cost of the product itself.”
Other forms of the drug — including edibles and oils — would be allowed at the dispensaries if the measure becomes law.
But legislation advanced Thursday by the Assembly health committee, a combination of A-3437 and A-3740, does away with that list and says marijuana can be prescribed for “any medical condition diagnosed by a physician,” including symptoms resulting from medical treatments.
“What we’re doing is lifting the restrictions and putting it in the patients’ and doctors’ hands,” said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, one of the sponsors of the state’s original medical marijuana legislation.