Controversial discussions regarding the use of marijuana continue to circulate as more states adopt medical marijuana laws. New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie announced recently the implementation of New Jersey’s medical marijuana law. On October 15th, 2012, the State of New Jersey Department of Health issued its first license to Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center, an approved Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), providing the authority to dispense and grow marijuana for medical purposes.
Although the ATC is not expected to commence operations immediately, the company has been approved to begin scheduling appointments for future patients. Physicians will be required to register with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) prior to being able to certify a patient’s eligibility to receive an MMP identification card. According to the Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, Greenleaf will begin dispensing prior to the year-end.
Currently, there are 17 states and the District of Columbia that have already adopted laws pertaining to the legal use of marijuana as a curative measure. Needless to say, states that have adopted medical marijuana laws have confronted many obstacles that have challenged the validity of the legislation.
A recent crackdown on medical marijuana distributors in California has lawmakers and states giving considerable attention to the effectiveness and benefits of medical marijuana laws. Washington and Colorado are fighting to implement driving provisions to assist in regulating medical marijuana use. Nevertheless, as more states continue to consider adopting these types of laws, the pros and cons continue to be weighed.
It has been argued and proven that marijuana provides many safe and effective advantages in the treatment of critical illness’s symptoms and chronic diseases, including:
- Multiple sclerosis
Medical marijuana is also used for the treatment of lingering illness symptoms such as vomiting, prolonged pain, nausea, and appetite stimulation. Many states have identified the conditions that are considered to determine a patient’s eligibility for a permit to use the substance legally. The State of New Jersey Department of Health has identified eligible debilitating health-related conditions and other requirements that must be satisfied to establish qualifications to use medicinal marijuana as a legal medical treatment option.
Although there are many advantages to medical marijuana, critics arguing against the weed’s usage citing health risks with its use. There also remains great concern regarding effectively regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes along with the governing of the distributor’s rights to dispense and grow marijuana for medical purposes.
As states continue to adopt medical marijuana laws allowing for the legal use for specific ailments, more productive approaches are being implemented to address growing concerns. If you are considering medical marijuana as a possible alternative to traditional medicines, it is important to consult with your physician to ensure the most effective treatment is implemented.