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New Jersey's Assembly and Senate have voted to legalize medical marijuana. Under the bill, people suffering from conditions like cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis would be able to have marijuana prescribed by their physician through a state registry.
The measure passed the Assembly along bipartisan lines by a vote of 48 to 14 and the Senate by 25 to 13. The bill lists the ailments for which marijuana can be prescribed. It also bans patients from growing their own pot.
Outgoing governor Jon Corzine has said he'll sign the bill into law. Governor-elect Chris Christie says he supports legalizing medical marijuana as long as the bill has safeguards preventing the recreational use of the drug.
The medical marijuana bill is one of many that New Jersey's legislature is considering today in its lame duck session.