***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** GUSCIORA, VOSS ON ‘NEW JERSEY COMPASSIONATE USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT’

(TRENTON) – Assembly members Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) and Dr. Joan M. Voss (D-Bergen) today issued a multimedia package on their legislation to make access to marijuana legal for patients suffering from terminal or debilitating illnesses.

Under the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” (A-804), a patient diagnosed by their doctor as having a certain type of debilitating medical condition would be allowed to receive a maximum of two ounces of medical marijuana per month, with approval from a physician through a state registry system.

New Jerseyans suffering from conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, seizures, muscle spasms and multiple sclerosis would be protected from arrest, prosecution and penalty when using the drug in their homes or while in a hospital.

However, the bill continues to prohibit operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, motorboat or heavy equipment while under the influence of marijuana, or smoking marijuana in a school bus or other form of public transportation, on any school grounds, in any correctional facility or at any public park, public beach, public recreation center or youth center.

The measure, which passed both houses of the Legislature, now heads to the Governor who may sign it, veto it or modify it in the form of a conditional veto.

The multimedia package consists of a video on the bill package, audio of the same and a press release on the package’s passage by the Assembly.

The video can be accessed directly by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.

A press release on the bill’s passage can be found at either the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site or by visiting the Assembly Democrats on Facebook.

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