NJ Still Waiting for Medical Marijuana
- January 9, 2012
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New Jersey’s medical marijuana program remains in its infancy state. Officials have taken major steps to get six treatment centers serving thousands of patients up and running but a major hurdle is coming from the refusal on the part of individual towns, through their zoning boards and councils, which continue to refuse to permit medical marijuana distribution facilities. Most recently, the township of Plumstead’s council voted to exclude and distribution facility absent certainty that federal law would not be violated.
Although New Jersey has established a program for six approved growers little headway has been made since the law passed nearly two-years ago. For patients in need of medical marijuana this situation is largely frustrating, leading some to self-medicate in the interim. Unfortunately there are legal consequences to the decision to self-medicate in spite of the states obvious recognition of the need for medical marijuana.
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