TRENTON – The General Assembly this week approved legislation sponsored by Democrats to allow patients registered for New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana program to be able to receive needed medical care, including organ transplantation.
“Now that this program is beginning to operate, it’s important that we protect patients desperately in need of this assistance,” said Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, III (D-Middlesex). “This will help ensure that the law cannot be misconstrued to hold these patients liable so that they receive the care they need.”
The bill (A-765) supplements the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” enacted in 2009 to stipulate that a registered qualifying patient’s authorized use of medical marijuana is to be considered equivalent to using any other prescribed medication and not the use of an illicit substance that would otherwise disqualify a qualifying patient from needed medical care, including organ transplantation.
The bill was approved 67-9-2 by the Assembly and now awaits final legislative approval by the full Senate.
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