Is Medical Marijuana Legal in N.J.?

The Woodstock Generation

I am an old attorney, as my wonderful, intelligent, adult children constantly remind me, with old-fashioned views about marijuana. Can you imagine the joy of Crosby, Stills & Nash if you told them all you need to legally purchase pot is a doctor’s prescription? Times have definitely changed. After listening to my children, and doing a lot of research on the subject; I’ve come to the realization medical marijuana is a complex issue, with a variety of stakeholders, and vastly divergent points of view.

In the red corner, Gov. Christie…

In the blue corner is everyone else in the world. No, just kidding. On January 18, 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (the “Compassionate Use Act” or the “Act”) was signed into law, making New Jersey the fourteenth State to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. The battle rages in the N.J. Legislature over the rules promulgated by the State Department of Health and Human Services, which many claim are much too restrictive; and do not effectuate the intent of the legislation.

The latest iteration of the controversial program’s rules comes a day after Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced there would a Jan. 20 hearing to repeal rules the department announced in October that he and patients say make access to the drug all but impossible.

“They are finally taking some action because we have called the hearing,’’ Scutari said.

Resources

I was going to provide a detailed summary of the acts myriad provisions; but instead, I’ve opted for a brief summary, some excellent resource links, and most importantly, a spell binding video that tells the medical marijuana story in a compelling way.

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About Lawrence "Larry" Berezin

I retired from the private practice of law after a 35-year legal career and fight parking tickets for people like you and me. I love sharing valuable information, tips and tricks to help drivers beat NYC parking tickets.

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