New York, NY —
New Jersey has become the 14th state - and the first in the region - to allow medical marijuana.
A law granting chronically ill patients legal access to marijuana was one of over 50 bills Governor Corzine signed on his last full day in office. Governor-elect Chris Christie will be sworn in at noon today.
The legislation allows for dispensaries to be set up around the state where patients with prescriptions can access the drug. Growing marijuana at home will remain illegal, as will driving while high.
Assembly sponsor Reed Gusciora says New Jersey's medical marijuana law is the strictest in the country and will serve as a model for other states.