NEW JERSEY: Declaring New Jersey’s medical marijuana program “broken,” a Union County assemblywoman has introduced legislation that scraps many of its most rigid provisions and allows people to grow their own supply.
The measure would also protect some patients from losing their jobs, and expand the list of qualifying diseases.
State Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), the lead sponsor, said she is undeterred by Gov. Chris Christie’s recent remarks about there being little demand for the program except for people who want to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Stender said her bill responds to patients who claim the program has failed them, particularly parents with severely ill children, and people whose diseases are not recognized by the state. The program was serving 2,342 patients as of mid-June.