Medical Marijuana Passes in NJ

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The New Jersey legislature passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana yesterday. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director of the Drug Policy Alliance discusses this bill.


Roseanne Scotti

Comments [43]

geri from brooklyn

Bernard: seems a good bit of illogic you've just written, and I can't confidently decipher But, I think you mean legalize and the hood element goes away. somehow, i kinda think the market will hold on to the most potent versions, the ones that cause violent clashes and that aren't likely to be legalized. Trust Fund- or Slope-sourced or whatever other kind version you prefer being legalized won't stop that. I'm going with my personal experience and with the concurring opinion of law enforcement - they know the drug's use and environmental consequences in all its forms and remain against legalization of any form. I don't want to continue being the externality for your kind and safer, if unneighborly version of weedsmoking.

Jan. 12 2010 10:37 PM
Laurie from Princeton

This out-of-the-blue law stunned me; Brian's discussion today didn't enlighten me; and the comments here are foolish. I'm not unfamiliar with recreational drugs; but when my husband became an addict and died of an overdose obviously it changed my life and my thinking. I ask this. If there is a useful painkiller in pot, and many people think there is, then why are we not turning it into a regulated, refined, and controlled-dose medicine that can be used therapeutically by doctors? What's with this ridiculous system of a street drug used in a medical twilight? We should be consistent in the way we treat powerful drugs, and should make alcohol, tobacco and marijuana harder to abuse rather than having inconsistent, weird, political and subcultural ways of giving access to them.

Jan. 12 2010 10:36 PM
dp from Yonkers

just wondering. how does marijuana grown for medical purposes differ from the marijuana bought on the street? (besides the risk that its laced with something more dangerous). Is it more/less potent?

Jan. 12 2010 02:36 PM
suburbs from nj


no potsmoking pratt students, or stoops, around here!

try u like

Jan. 12 2010 12:52 PM
greg caulfield from New York


Jan. 12 2010 12:36 PM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

geri- you just proved my point. legalization eliminates your claim that your neighbors associating with the "underside of it".
sounds like you might be forced to move if the authorities don't sympathize with you on this- try moving to jersey....oh wait....scratch that

Jan. 12 2010 11:36 AM
geri from brooklyn

Pardon, screener. This is a close issue to me because I have crime, criminals, and problems on a block that was nice before marijuana came in the form of my neighbors - Pratt students who buy from the hood. Now the police have told me they can really do nothing and the children in the building are forced to walk through weed clouds every day. It is not the happy hippy version of yesteryear in its content or environment, and the attempts to legalize along with low penalties for the worst violation ($250 summons) make marijuana use a joy of the upper class who can screen themselves from the underside of it. There is no recommended safe side to this. We should leave the "open your mind" platitudes out of this. I have tried all civil ways to address this, but none work. My mind stays open, an open mind leading to thoughtful decision: weed, no.

Jan. 12 2010 11:26 AM
hjs from 11211

call the police or call 311!

Jan. 12 2010 11:25 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

well, you changed my mind, because if there's one thing that i hate more than uptight anti-weed people it's pratt students. pratt students living in ft.greene,clinton hill, bed stuy and smoking weed on their trust fund $ is pretty offensive i must agree.
but i don't understand your criminal element/insulation statement. weed should be legal for medical use and for recreational use. smelling cigarette smoke and pork chops frying is offensive to me but it's part of living in nyc in our tight conditions.

Jan. 12 2010 11:21 AM
geri from brooklyn

"geri- sounds like you're a bit uptight. maybe you should visit your neighbors and open your mind."

on the open mind point, I am always amused at the paradox of the people who charge "open your mind," but it does reveal some real deficiency in thought process for people who can't distinguish between a decision made (based on open-minded consideration) and actually having an open mind.

"Open your mind" is the sham that becomes your post, "duuude. just go with it." it seems an open mind could suit you.

Jan. 12 2010 11:16 AM
geri from brooklyn

Bernard: it is the arrogance in your post that I have come to expect. On the 10th visit to ask my neighbor, "Excuse me, can you please keep the weed smoke out of the hallway for the sake of the kids in the building." I now get a hostile response. I have never gone to them hostile but, now, of course, this is what it is.

Your response is typical of one or two types, the person who is just selfish enough not to care about invasive smoke in a public space, or a weedhead. Where I live they're all Pratt kids, i.e. getting blunted on daddy's money while living in optional filth and dabbling in the hood because it makes them feel real. trust - we have hood for them they don't really want.

Jan. 12 2010 11:12 AM
JK from Midtown

ive smoked mj daily for five, six years now... and ive never TOUCHED any other drug. not even the glamorous prescription stuff like vic and oxy. so no, mj is not a gateway drug like my dare officer taught me when i was 11.

Jan. 12 2010 11:10 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

i know so many people who used marijuana and went on to use cocaine, heroin etc...some overdosed, some even died BUT that has nothing to do with them smoking marijuana. people who are addicts like this have a disorder and a weakness for all drugs/alcohol and their marijuana use is incidental. what if every addict that died also tok nyquil at some point in their life, should nyquil be banned?

Jan. 12 2010 11:03 AM
hjs from 11211

u sold me. marijuana bad, it turns young people into hateful racists.

Jan. 12 2010 11:02 AM
Johnny S from Cranford, NJ

Tobacco smoking has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinsons, Schizophrenia and Tourettes. I'm no fan of the stuff, personally. It's highly addictive.

Jan. 12 2010 11:02 AM
john from office

I know from personal experience.

Jan. 12 2010 10:51 AM
Angeles Cossio from Montclair, NJ

To the caller Dan who was using medical marijuana to self-medicate.

I've suffered from depression for many years and found marijuana to be useful for a brief period of time. It helped a bit but it did not last for very long.

Marijuana is a beautiful medicinal herb, helpful in alleviating painful symptoms but it is not a cure all and cannot replace trained professionals.

Jan. 12 2010 10:50 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

geri- sounds like you're a bit uptight. maybe you should visit your neighbors and open your mind.

Jan. 12 2010 10:47 AM
Bill from New York

The taking-with-food argument is the only justification for 2 ounces a month. Brian knows his weed, obviously, because, yeah: that much smoked means you're a major stoner or you're buying for friends. Which is fine. I think it should be legalized, but gmab.

Jan. 12 2010 10:45 AM
hellomedicalschool from NJ

12 "Johnfromoffice" we gotta get you outa the office, brutha!

Jan. 12 2010 10:45 AM
JG from Madison, NJ

I'm all in favor of this (and broader decriminalization) but lets be honest- 2 oz/month is a LOT of marijuana, even if consumed by means other than smoking. I recreationally smoke ~2-3x/week and use less than an oz in a *year*.

Jan. 12 2010 10:45 AM
Jill from Westchester

Patients "stoned out of their minds?" Jeez Brian - that's low of you! We're talking about people with illnesses that have AGONIZING symptoms.

I'm glad you're not in the anesthesiology field....

Jan. 12 2010 10:44 AM
terk from NJ

12 -- well for starters they are not allowed to sell pot to young lives unless those young lives are suffering from a serious chronic illness.

also your assertion that pot ruins young lives is an opinion (yours) not a fact. if you disapprove i suggest you do your best to keep it away from the young lives for whom you serve as gatekeeper...that's certainly what i will/would do -- considering it's the law...

Jan. 12 2010 10:43 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

to john from office- how does pot ruin young lives?? that's an irresponsible and ignorant statement and it just perpetuates the lies surrounding this issue. pot DOES NOT lead to stronger drug use and there is no addiction and no violence associated with it.

Jan. 12 2010 10:42 AM
geri from brooklyn

Stoned out of their minds is right. What is she saying??? Marijuana doesn't make you high??? This is ridiculous. Kids in my building should not have to walk through a weed cloud in the hallway of the building. Police no longer respond to marijuana calls, possesion. I'm not even talking morality - I'm talking an invasive smell and element. Hippy-Affluent folks lobbying for this can insulate themselves from the criminal element STILL attached to marijuana. We are going down a bad road.

Jan. 12 2010 10:42 AM
JK from Midtown

2 oz of mj is A LOT. i recreationally use 1 oz a month... and im a daily user.

Jan. 12 2010 10:41 AM
JK from Midtown

john from office, please step into the 21st century. all the propoganda about the weed is just that... 1950s scare tactics shouldnt affect you so much anymore.

Jan. 12 2010 10:39 AM
terk from NJ

peg -- otherwise known as a new business...i'd put that particular aspect in the plus catagory...

Jan. 12 2010 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

Johnny S
what would the benifit of cigarettes or cigars be?

Jan. 12 2010 10:38 AM
m. from inwood

My niece, a Californian, started out as a wild teenager smoking marijuana and drinking, and progressed on to crystal meth and major problems. After years of being in and out of rehab, in and out of jail, coming close to death on several occasions, she has been leading a normal, happy, productive life since being prescribed medical marijuana several years ago. It has kept her from craving meth.

Jan. 12 2010 10:38 AM
Garrett from Morristown

A friend of mine has Chiari Malformation and that is a structural defect in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. When the indented bony space at the lower rear of the skull is smaller than normal, the cerebellum and brainstem can be pushed downward. She is on a bunch of pain killers that put her in a haze and she is always in pain in some way shape or form. It is a shame that this disorder does not fall under the legislations requirements because i think she could benefit from medical Marijuana.

Jan. 12 2010 10:38 AM
john from office

Pot ruins young lives, what will be the safeguards to protect youth??

Jan. 12 2010 10:37 AM
Mitch from Manhattan

In some states medical marijuana is also being distributed as a tincture made from marijuana plants that are high in CBDs (that are more effective at pain control) and lower in THC (so it doesn't get you high). Will this form of medical marijuana be legal in NJ?

Jan. 12 2010 10:37 AM
john from office

Brian work in the smae sex marriage issue into this segment too. Oh, sorry Marriage equality!!

Jan. 12 2010 10:36 AM
JK from Midtown

hate when laws get passed half baked. go all or nothing... not this semi-legalizing crud.

Jan. 12 2010 10:35 AM

Who are the "official" growers who will be supplying the "drug" to State dispenseries? Sounds like a great windfall to some.

Jan. 12 2010 10:35 AM
hkl from NJ


nah it will probably just make internet message board posters slightly less bilious. just a short ride on the paff, man.

Jan. 12 2010 10:35 AM
Johnny S from Cranford, NJ

Can you imagine the uproar if a doctor prescribed cigarettes or cigars for patients?

Jan. 12 2010 10:33 AM
seth mosler from nyc

That is good news, maaan.......

Jan. 12 2010 10:28 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

OMGoodness what a mistake! Just sit back and watch the population grow in Jersey!

Jan. 12 2010 10:28 AM
smidely from NJ

Let's change our plates to "The Magic Garden State!"

(for a backup "Taxation Without Comprehension" works for me)

Jan. 12 2010 10:21 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

why can't the press just call out how hypocritical all the rhetoric is surrounding the opposition to the legalization of cannabis? it's perfectly alright for an MD to prescribe oxycontin or prozac or administer an opiate but it will degrade our society and kill our kids if the same MD prescribes a harmless, natural, beneficial and cheap plant to alleviate the pain associated with the same ailment?
WNYC and other vehicles of public disclosure- tell the people why this hypocrisy exists, please!
it's politicians and pharmaceutical companies playing on the fears of the ignorant and naive members of our population for their own monetary gain. they won't make tons of money and politicians won't get huge donations from the sale and success of medical marijuana. please inform the people how damaging and dangerous a drug like oxycontin is and how harmless marijuana is to those who haven't tried or experienced the benefits of this plant that grows naturally out of our beautiful earth.
NJ legislators finally had some common sense but the rhetoric against this and the amount of nay votes is still a shocking reminder of how ignorant and corrupt our representatives are.

Jan. 12 2010 10:02 AM
hjs from 11211

how much do we spend on the failed drug war every year??

Jan. 12 2010 09:46 AM

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