TRENTON, N.J. (May 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New Jersey assembly would expand access to medical marijuana by instituting reciprocity with other medical marijuana states. The bill would further expand the medicinal cannabis market in the New Jersey and further nullify federal prohibition in practice.
Rep. Annette Quijano (D) introduced Assembly Bill 3971 (AB3971) on May 17. Under the proposed law, a qualifying patient or primary caregiver with a valid medical marijuana card from another state would be able to possess and access medicinal cannabis in New Jersey. Qualifying caregivers and patients would be allowed to engage in any legal activities under New Jersey’s medical marijuana laws.
New Jersey legalized medical marijuana in 2010. The program languished under Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch opponent of cannabis. When Gov. Phil Murphy took office, he loosened requirements and expanded the number of qualifying medical conditions. According to the Observer, the state added 4,200 people to its medicinal cannabis program since Murphy took office. Passage of AB3971 would further expand medical marijuana in New Jersey and take another step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect.
Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, …
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