Medical Marijuana: Both New Jersey Governor Candidates Support It 10/21/05

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Medical marijuana will have a friend in the New Jersey statehouse next year, no matter who wins next month's gubernatorial election, at least according to what the candidates say now. In a debate carried on radio last week, both Democratic candidate US Sen. Jon Corzine and Republican candidate Doug Forrester said they would support the medicinal use of marijuana.

"Under the proper circumstances, I think we need to provide all medical resources, and that includes what is emerging now with regard to this particular application," Forrester said. "I'm very much open to that."

"If a doctor prescribes it, we need to do what is in the best interests of the patient," said Corzine.

The candidates addressed the issue in response to a listener's question broadcast on New Jersey 101.5 FM radio and other New Jersey stations owned by the Millennium chain.

A bill that would provide for medical marijuana in the Garden State was introduced last year with support from numerous groups, including the influential New Jersey Nurses Association, but it has yet to pass.

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