Medical marijuana advocates support decriminalizing New Jersey
The Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey Inc. (CMMNJ) supports active legisaltion to decriminalize possession of 15 to 50 grams of marijuana or less by adults. These billswill provide a level of protection for thousands of sick, disabled and dying patients that New Jersey’s medical marijuana law does not provide.
The mission of CMMNJ is to educate the public about the medical benefits of marijuana. Since CMMNJ was founded in 2003, board members have taken a strictly neutral stance on the issue of broader legalization of marijuana. But at this time, the Board of CMMNJ has endorsed decriminalization in NJ for these reasons:
• More than three years have passed since the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law, yet only a handful of qualifying patients have received legal medical marijuana.
• Patients continue to be arrested and imprisoned in this state for using medical marijuana illegally to treat their medical conditions.
• Countless patients who could benefit from medical marijuana are currently disqualified from participating in New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program and will continue to be disqualified for the foreseeable future.
The Assembly bill passd the Judiciary Comittee 7-1 and a full Assembly floor vote 41-30 in June of 2012. Two different versions of a companion bill are pending in the NJ Senate.
-- Ken Wolski, RN, MPA,
See also: (CMMNJ) Testimony in Support of A1465: