On the New Pot Health Policy in NJ?

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It’s Medicinal – Man!

By Staff Reporters

Did you know that in January 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state in the nation to legalize marijuana use for certain chronic illnesses?

Other states where the use of medical marijuana is permitted include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington; around a dozen more states are weighing pending bills.

Jersey is Toughest State

The New Jersey law is the most restrictive in the nation and authorizes prescribed marijuana for only a handful of chronic illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Unlike other states, physicians in New Jersey will not be able to prescribe medical marijuana for anxiety, headaches, or chronic pain.


According to reports, the state of New Jersey plans to authorize six dispensaries, and patients will receive identification cards authorizing them to purchase the drug. They will not be able to grow their own marijuana or use it in public, however. And, individuals without a prescription will still be subject to criminal prosecution if caught in possession of marijuana.



Do you support the use of medical marijuana? If you are a doctor that lives in a state where medical marijuana is legalized, have you prescribed it to any patients? If you live in a state where medical marijuana is not legalized, do you want it to be? What about you patients, out there?


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9 Responses

  1. DEA Downplays – of course – the Burden of eRx Rule on Medical Providers

    A pending Drug Enforcement Agency rule permitting the electronic prescribing of controlled substances should give healthcare providers added incentives to adopt health IT systems once the rule goes into effect on June 1, 2010.


    PS: Wasn’t pot just decriminalized in Washington DC for medicinal purposes? Any thoughts?



  2. Hello Virginia,

    According to the New York Tines, the Department of Veterans Affairs will formally allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, a policy clarification that veterans have sought for several years.




  3. The Pot Doctors

    Colorado’s dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing as state health authorities consider tighter limits at the same time lawmakers debate conflicting rules.




  4. California Medical Marijuana Card Access – Example

    Go Green Evaluations is a California Medical Marijuana Doctor’s office located in Costa Mesa California & Palm Desert California. If you’re looking to obtain your medical marijuana card in California and you are local to either Orange County California or the Palm Desert California area, call today and get your California Medical Marijuana Card.




  5. Marijuana use rising in US – National survey shows
    [Use of methamphetamines is waning]

    Marijuana is increasingly becoming the drug of choice among young adults in the United States, while use of methamphetamines is waning, according to a just released national survey of drug use.




  6. IRS ruling strikes fear in medical marijuana industry

    In a potentially crushing blow to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, the IRS has ruled that dispensaries cannot deduct standard business expenses such as payroll, security or rent.


    Cheech and Chong


  7. California Pot Stores Must Go!

    Dillon and CC: Federal prosecutors have just launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law.


    I wonder if this is a trend?



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