Trenton, NJ: Members of the state Senate voted Monday 22 to 16 in favor of SB 119, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.
The measure would permit authorized patients and state-licensed "alternative treatment centers" to use and legally produce cannabis under state law. If enacted, New Jersey would become the fourteenth state to allow for the state-authorized use of medical marijuana.
Members of the state Assembly must vote on a companion measure, Assembly Bill 804, before the proposal can go before the Governor.
On Wednesday, New Jersey Democrat Governor Jon S. Corzine reiterated his support for the bill, saying that he would "absolutely" sign the measure into law if it is approved by the state assembly.