For anyone that smokes weed, the legalizing of medical marijuana in Jersey is a win. Let's face it, this is not a law that is only of interest for cancer patientsor those who need to relieve some kind of physical pain, this is a score for potheads. I have a friend who moved to Colorado a couple years ago and it really is a free-for-all for better or worse. He suffers from multiple sclerosis but for me, because I've been diagnosed with ADD in the past, I could legally drive around with up to 2 ounces of marijuana. This same amount in Florida could score me some jail time. The morality of it all, even if you think it is immoral, is outweighed by the fact that everyone is doing it that wants to do it anyways.
I read about an iPhone repair shop recently that was discussing the law that allowed cell phones to be 'jailbroken' legally. This is another one of those things where, hey, people are going to do it anyways. This same shop is now seeing business and real dollars by people coming in for these types of services. Maybe these shops did it in the past but they could never promote such services.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services finally released the draft rules concerning medical weed. And make no mistake, the 'coolness' of the new weed laws won't be as good as the ones allowed for hacking our favorite cell phones.
In January, the state Legislature approved a measure to make New Jersey the 14th state in the country to legalize the use of medical marijuana. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services released the program’s much-anticipated draft rules. In short, they seem to be very concerned with weed being passed around the dinner table next to little Bobby.
Compared to the other 13 states to have 'legalized it' medically, Jersey has some of the toughest laws in the country. Only patients suffering from a select number of conditions such as amyotophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, muslcular dystrophy and inflammatory bowel disease are eligible for treatment. After that only patients with 'terminal' conditions (not much time to live) are eligible and HIV and glaucoma patients are on a case by case basis.
The physicians themselves need to have an established relationship, so unlike Colorado, so ADD kid like me can't just walk into the store and ask the doctor for a prescription. The patient can't possess more than 2 ounces (a “30 day supply) and the patient can't cultivate plants, either, a big difference from Colorado. All state medical marijuana will be grown by the state and distributed by selected dispensaries that have yet to be determined.
So in other words, getting high for most will still be done very much illegally. Personally, I'm glad that people who are dying get to smoke freely and have alternatives to the prescribed nonsense that drug companies force on people. It is a step in the right direction. Next July is the target date for formal distribution. If you are terminally ill now, hold on for a little bit longer, relief is on its way.