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New Jersey report finds 3,600 have used medical marijuana

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM
This 2013 file photo shows off the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant.


A new state government report finds that just over 3,600 people received legal medical marijuana in New Jersey over the first 25 months of the programme.

An advocate for greater access of cannabis says that represents just a fraction of the people who could be helped by the drug, which remains illegal under federal law.

Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey Director Ken Wolski said the relatively low numbers reflect the high price of the legal drug and short list of qualifying medical conditions.

He hopes that more conditions such as chronic pain can be added soon.

State regulations said no new conditions could be added until after Tuesday's report was released.

New Jersey legalised medical marijuana in 2010. So far, three clinics sell it.