Governor of New Jersey Signs Bill to Expand State Medical Cannabis Program
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed a bill on Tuesday that expands the state’s medical cannabis program. Under the measure, the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, the state will add more licenses for providers in the medicinal cannabis program, patients will be allowed to legally possess more medicine, and registered medical marijuana patients from other states will be permitted to possess cannabis.
Law Named for Young Patient
The law is named for Jake Honig, a young boy from Howell, New Jersey who died last year of brain cancer. Jake’s parents used cannabis oil to ease his pain near the end of his five-year battle with the disease. But when the monthly supply allowed by the state ran out, Jake had to be given morphine and powerful opioids instead. After the boy passed away, his parents began advocating for improvements in New Jersey’s medical cannabis program, lobbying Murphy and legislators for change.
Under Jake’s Law, as the bill is also known, terminally ill patients will have expanded access to medical marijuana and the limit on the amount of cannabis that can be possessed by all patients will be increased from two ounces to three ounces. Access to