American College of Physicians "issued a 13-page position paper asking the federal government to drop marijuana from its classification as a substance considered to have no medicinal value and a high chance of abuse."
Today, New Jersey became the 14th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical reasons.
The measure, passed on the final day of the legislative session, would allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis to have access to marijuana distributed through state-monitored dispensaries.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign it into law before leaving office next Tuesday. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie, speaking at a press conference on Monday before the vote, reiterated his support for legalizing the medical use of marijuana as long as the final bill contained safeguards to ensure that it did not end up encouraging the recreational use of the drug.
The law would be the toughest and most restrictive in the country. It only permits doctors to prescribe it for a list of "serious chronic illnesses. Patients cannot grown their own and they cannot use it in public. It will be tracked like Oxycontin, morphine and other opiates.
“I truly believe this will become a model for other states because it balances the compassionate use of medical marijuana while limiting the number of ailments that a physician can prescribe it for,” said Mr. Gusciora, who sponsored the bill.
But back to politics as usual.
Gov.-elect Christie said he wanted to make sure that New Jersey did not follow the path of other states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana. “I think we see all what’s happened in California,” Mr. Christie said. “It’s gotten completely out of control.”