N.J. on the verge of legalizing medical marijuana

    The New Jersey Legislature has passed two competing versions of medical marijuana bills. The state Senate approved its version earlier and today the house approved a slightly more restrictive bill.

    The New Jersey Legislature has passed two competing versions of medical marijuana bills. The State Senate approved its version earlier and today the house approved a slightly more restrictive bill.

    The house bill would allow patients with ailments like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to buy up to two ounces of marijuana a month at state-monitored dispensaries.

    Nancy Fedder of Hillsborough suffers from multiple sclerosis and already uses marijuana to relieve her pain.

    Fedder: I am just so happy to be here on this event. This bill is going to take me away from the criminal status and my daughter who is my primary care giver who is a single mom with two kids and can’t go to jail and now she won’t have to worry about that.

    The house bill now must be meshed with a senate version. New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine says he will sign it into law, if it gets to him before he leaves office next week.

    New Jersey would become he 14th state to allow medicinal marijuana use.

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