Isaac-Davy Aronson is WNYC's and WQXR’s evening news host and the host and producer of the newsroom's morning podcast, The Early Word.
NJ Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Law
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
New York, NY –
On the last day of their legislative session...the New Jersey Senate and Assembly approved a bill that would make the state the 14th. to legalize medical marijuana. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.
REPORTER: The measure allows patients with ailments such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to buy up to two ounces of marijuana a month at state-monitored dispensaries. Governor Corzine is likely to sign it before leaving office next week.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Princeton Democrat and co-sponsor of the measure, said the law could be a model for other states.
GUSCIORA: We are the strictest in the U.S. We have the most oversight, the most controls, and we require the Depts of Health to report back to us in 2 years as to the program is going.
REPORTER: Incoming Governor Chris Christie had expressed concern about potential abuses, and lawmakers said they didn't want to duplicate what they see as California's overly-liberal laws.
A provision allowing patients to grow marijuana was removed from the bill, and a registry of patients and doctors is intended to prevent so-called doctor-shopping. For WNYC, I'm Isaac-Davy Aronson.