Medical marijuana may be more accessible in New Jersey
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would make it easier for health care officials to prescribe medical marijuana for New Jersey patients has been signed by the governor.
Democratic Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that expands the state’s medical cannabis program.
The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act is named after a 7-year-old boy from Howell who died last year after a fight with a brain tumour.
His parents fought for easier access to medical marijuana.
The Democrat-led Legislature sent Murphy the bill after failing in March to legalise recreational marijuana.
The bill makes a number of changes, including expanding the number of illnesses eligible for cannabis use.
It sets up a commission to regulate the drug and increases the number of permits. It also phases out the state’s sales tax.