Saturday, January 23, 2010
New Jersey enacted the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act and became the 14th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. The law removes statewide penalties for the possession and use of up to two ounces of marijuana when a New Jersey licensed physician recommends it for a qualifying medical condition. Patients will be issued ID cards in a program run by the state department of health and senior services. The marijuana will be obtained from tightly regulated alternative treatment centers set up across the state. The statute was signed into law by outgoing Gov. John Corzine.
Very significantly, the statute provides: "Nothing in this act shall be construed to require... a private health insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of marijuana, or an employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any workplace."
Mitchell H. Rubinstein