MURPHY SIGNS BILL EXPANDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM IN NEW JERSEY
In Freehold, New Jersey, legislation that would make it easier for health care officials to prescribe medical marijuana for patients has been signed by the Governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill today, Tuesday July 2nd 2019, that expands the state’s medical cannabis program. The bill makes a number of changes, including expanding the number of illnesses eligible for cannabis use. It sets up a commission to regulate the drug and increases the number of permits. It also phases out the state’s sales tax.
The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, is named after a 7-year-old boy from Howell. He died last year after a fight with a brain tumor. Since, his parents have fought to allow easier access to medical marijuana.
The Democrat-led Legislature sent Murphy the bill after failing in March to legalize recreational marijuana.