January 25, 2018

Executive order to review medical marijuana policy signed: New Jersey governor


On January 24, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order expanding access to medical marijuana mainly for patients who qualify for it under state law. The order seeks to free the individuals with "debilitating medical conditions" from barriers to access the medical marijuana which can help treat them.

“The need for medical marijuana in New Jersey currently far exceeds the supply that the existing licensed [dispensaries] are able to provide,” says the order.

“Our law is eight years old,” Murphy said. “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.”

The Department of Health and Board of Medical Examiners are now required to complete a review of New Jersey's medical marijuana program within 60 days and to recommend which rules and regulations should be added or eliminated from existing law.

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