[Courtesy of Coalition for Medical Marijuana -- New Jersey, Inc.]
FOR IMMEDIATE Release: February 19, 2009
For more information, contact: Ken Wolski @ (609) 394-2137
New Jersey Senate to Vote on Medical Marijuana
WHO: State Senators in New Jersey
WHAT: Will vote on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (S119)
WHEN: Monday February 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Senate Chambers of the New Jersey State House in Trenton, NJ
WHY: To advance a bill that will protect seriously ill or injured New Jersey patients who use therapeutic marijuana on the advice of a licensed physician.
The New Jersey State Senate will vote on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" (S119) on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the State House Senate Chambers in Trenton, NJ. Many supporters of the bill plan to attend the voting session, led by the Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ). New Jersey would become the 14th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana by passing this legislation into law.
S119 will remove the state penalties for the possession, use and cultivation of a small amount of marijuana when a licensed physician recommends it for a debilitating medical condition. Qualifying medical conditions include chronic pain, cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, etc. Patients will be issued ID cards in a program run by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Patients will be permitted to grow up to six plants and possess one ounce of marijuana, but they will not be permitted to use their therapeutic marijuana in public or while operating motor vehicles. Patients may designate a caregiver or treatment center to grow the plants for them, but the caregiver/center must also register with DHSS. CMMNJ Executive Director, Ken Wolski, RN said, “The bill is very conservative. No medical marijuana state has a smaller plant limit or possession amount. Still, it will help a tremendous number of patients here.” The American Nurses Association, the American College of Physicians, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of HIV Medicine and many other professional healthcare organizations have endorsed medical marijuana.
S119 was originally introduced by Senator Nicholas Scutari, D-Linden, in January 2005, and was referred to the senate health committee. Hearings were conducted on the bill in June 2006 and in December 2008, at which time the bill was favorably released out of committee by a 6 – 1 vote. If the bill passes in the senate, it will then go to the assembly for votes by the health committee and the entire assembly. Governor Jon Corzine has said on several occasions that he supports medical marijuana and that he will sign the bill when it gets to his desk.
CMMNJ, 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits of safe and legal access to medical marijuana. For more info, contact:
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.
844 Spruce St., Trenton, NJ 08648
609.394.2137 www.cmmnj.org email@example.com
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