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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Legislature stirs over medical marijuana

The Express-Times

TRENTON -- In a move anti-drug activists called counterproductive to their cause, advocates renewed their quest Tuesday to legalize medicinal marijuana in New Jersey.

The legalization calls came moments after the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey touted successes in fighting teen use of illicit drugs with better communication between parents and children.

Legislation is pending in the Senate and Assembly that would legalize a medical form of marijuana, if prescribed by physicians to patients with diseases or other conditions that left them with severe and chronic pain or nausea. Eligible patients would need to enroll in a state registry.

Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana have passed medicinal marijuana laws; the federal government has opposed all of them.

Ken Wolski, director of the New Jersey Coalition for Medical Marijuana, said the federal government has been "irrationally opposed" to such laws, resistance he called cruel to those suffering from serious diseases.


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