New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an Executive Order that will lead to a review of the state’s medical marijuana program.
Murphy said because of restrictions put into place by former Governor Chris Christie, many residents that could benefit from medical marijuana are left out of the program. There are also challenges because there are only five operational dispensaries in the state.
“We need t treat our residents with compassion,” Murphy said.
For eight years, medical marijuana has been difficult to access in New Jersey. Today, we’re turning the page. A fairer New Jersey means expanding access to medical marijuana for patients in need. pic.twitter.com/HtDqQDxShK— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 23, 2018
He said the goal of the review is to eliminate barriers for patients who suffer from illnesses that could be treated by medical marijuana. The governor also wants to eliminate the stigma that doctors feel when prescribing it.
“Many aspects of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program are written in statute,” Governor Murphy said. “But our law is eight years old. Since it took effect, significant medical research has been conducted. Our goal is to modernize the program in New Jersey, bring it up to current standards, and put patients first.”
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