25 February 2009

New Jersey Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill.

February 24, 2009.

Dear fellow Americans:

Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate voted 22-16 in favor of S119, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Please take a moment now to thank your senator if he or she voted in favor of the bill. Our system will automatically determine if your senator voted correctly or not. However, it won't allow you to take action if your senator voted against the bill.

MPP would like to thank the Drug Policy Alliance for all the work they've done on the bill so far. We'd also like to thank all of the patients and medical professionals who have testified at hearings in support of medical marijuana. Your bravery is truly inspirational. And, of course, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact your state legislators. The Senate needed only 15 minutes of debate before passing this compassionate bill. This historic vote would not have happened without your help.

A companion bill, A804, is currently in the assembly health committee. This committee held informational hearings on the bill last May, but it has not called it for a vote yet. We will let you know more soon about how you can help influence the assembly.

If the assembly passes the legislation, Gov. Jon Corzine (D) has promised to sign it into law, which would make New Jersey the 14th state to enact a medical marijuana law.

Thank you for supporting MPP and our allies. With your help, we can make sure New Jersey's seriously ill patients have access to the medicine they need.



Zane Hurst
Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project


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