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Medical marijuana use approved in New Jersey

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 25, 2010

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New Jersey has become the 14th state to allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana for therapeutic purposes, with a physician's recommendation.

The Assembly approved the legislation in January, following a Senate vote backing the measure in November 2009. Gov. Jon Corzine signed the bill on Jan. 18, his last full day in office.

The Medical Society of New Jersey did not take a position on the bill, but helped lawmakers institute changes that put controls on access to the drug and removed the burden on physicians to certify the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/01/25/gvbf0125.htm.

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