Atlantic City, NJ: The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) unanimously passed a resolution last week urging the state legislature to move expeditiously to legalize the medical use of marijuana. The NJSNA is the eleventh state nursing association to formally endorse the legalization of medicinal pot for qualified patients.
The NJSNA resolution "recognizes the therapeutic value and safety of medically recommended marijuana," and "supports legal access to medically recommended marijuana for patients in New Jersey who are under the care of a licensed health care provider." The NJSNA represents the interests of the state's 110,000 registered nurses.
Similar resolutions have been passed by the state nursing associations of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation at: (202) 483-8751. A complete listing of national and state health organizations that support immediate patient access to medical marijuana is available on NORML's website at: http://www.norml.org.