It’s legal and it could save the lives of some very sick kids. This week, some New Jersey parents declared victory when a bill passed the state Legislature making it easier to get medical marijuana – for kids.
Patients, families and advocates plan to protest what they say is New Jersey’s failure to meaningfully implement the state’s medical marijuana program.
The Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday approved the bill that would eliminate requiring written confirmation from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist in order for juveniles to get medical marijuana.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week dismissed medical marijuana as a “hoax,” and called the push to legalize cannabis “wrong-headed.”
State Sen. Diane Savino said if enacted, New York would have the most highly regulated, tightly controlled medical marijuana law in the nation.
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing on proposed regulations for the state’s new medical marijuana law.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of LICADD, said he doesn’t believe in legalizing medical pot and thinks it will hurt the majority of New Yorkers.
It’s been more than three years since medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey and only one dispensary has opened in the entire state while other clinics have been mired in bureaucratic red tape.
The state health department apologized for the error and said it has taken steps to prevent the error from happening again.
About 20 patients were scheduled to meet with staff Thursday at the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair.
Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair became the first licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the state on Oct. 15.
The Division of Taxation made the decision in keeping with the intent of the original medical marijuana legislation signed by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010, according to State Treasury spokesman Andy Pratt.
Officials said Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Montclair has submitted all the necessary paperwork and cleared all the hurdles to open.
Although medical marijuana use has been legalized by the state of New Jersey, there has not been a high volume of user registration for the program.
It’s been more than two years since the Garden State passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe the drug.