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Murphy Signs Off On Legislation Expanding Medical Marijuana Access

July 02, 2019 - 2:26 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed new legislation that makes it easier for health care officials to prescribe medical marijuana.

Speaking with reporters after signing the bill into law, Murphy called it the most advanced medical marijuana regime in the country.

“Over the past several years a lot of us have come to a new understanding of how medical marijuana can be used to help patients. With this knowledge both minds and laws have been changed,” he said.

The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, named after a 7-year-old boy from Howell who died in 2018 after a lengthy fight with a brain tumor, will relax rules around how much marijuana a patient can get and how often they need to see a doctor to get it.

"Our son, Jake Honig, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, August 3rd,” said father and advocate Mike Honig. “Every time we were dosing his medical marijuana, 20 minutes later his pain would subside.”

He says the medicine allowed his 7-year-old’s personality to shine through, even in his final days.

The bill also allows physicians assistants and advance practice nurses to prescribe marijuana.

It also sets up a commission to regulate the drug and increases the number of permits and phases out the state's sales tax.