Trenton, NJ: State law authorizing the limited medical use and distribution of cannabis in New Jersey takes effect Friday, October 1. New Jersey is one of fourteen states, as well as the District of Columbia, that allows for the physician-recommended use of marijuana.
Under the law, the New Jersey Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, the state Department of Health is mandated to issue regulations overseeing the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis to authorized patients. Health officials have 90 days following the law's enactment to adopt the regulations for the state's medical marijuana program.
Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine initially signed the measure into law in January. However, in June state lawmakers – at the behest of Gov. Chris Christie – amended the law so that it would not take effect until October.
New Jersey's regulations, once instituted, are expected to be the strictest medical cannabis law in the nation.