New Jersey is set to become the 14th state to allow medical use of marijuana, under a bill approved yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gov. Jon Corzine is expected to sign the bill during his last week in office. The law would go into effect six months later. “I don’t think we should make criminals out of our very sick and terminally ill,” said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a prime sponsor. “
Gusciora said New Jersey’s would be the strictest medical marijuana law in the nation. People with “debilitating medical conditions,” including severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cancer or terminal illness, would be eligible to legally use marijuana, which would be available through for-profit and nonprofit alternative treatment centers throughout the state. Patients would be limited to two ounces of marijuana every 30 days. Gusciora said the amount was chosen in part because some legislators objected to higher amounts. An emotional news conference before votes approving the bill included about a dozen patients suffering from conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy.