In a 48-16 vote, the State Assembly today passed legislation to allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana. Under the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, people suffering from conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, seizures, muscle spasms and multiple sclerosis would be protected from arrest, prosecution and penalty.
The bill passed the Senate 22-16 last February, and now goes to Gov. Jon Corzine for approval.
“I don’t think we should make criminals out of our very sick and terminally ill,” said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton), the sponsor. “It does not make sense for many of New Jersey’s residents to suffer when there is a viable way to ease their pain. Medical marijuana can alleviate a lot of suffering, and there is no evidence that legalizing it for medical use increases overall drug use.”