Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Governor Corzine's Final Act

NJ.com reports on the final legislative action taken by outgoing Governor Jon Corzine.

Gov. Jon Corzine tonight signed a measure making New Jersey the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, part of a flurry of bills the Democrat penned in his last full day on the job.

The marijuana bill (S119) is expected to take effect in six months. Only patients with specific illnesses would be permitted to get a prescription: cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gherig’s disease), severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and any terminal illness if a doctor has determined the patient will die within a year.

What's your opinion? Is this a good law? Is the only reason to oppose legislation like this because of the possible abuse by loose prescription-writing doctors? I mean, anybod could be diagnosed with "severe muscle spasms."

Please leave a comment.


  1. We already have problems with loose prescription writing doctors that help abuse far more serious drugs. As far as the narcotic spectrum goes, weed is fairly mild. If it has valid medicinal qualities then why should it not be prescribed?

  2. yeah, muscle spasms, loose bowel syndrome..uhhh what ever dude...

    I agree with Mr.Fat White Guy, the drum beat for legalization in much of America seeme to be growing stronger.
    My main beef about pot is that it is a potential health hazard with side effects more grave than tobacco.
    It has to do with the method of administering cannabis, smoking.
    I have too many former chronic pot head friends who are suffering from long term lung problems from their youthful indulgence.
    I have a Proustian fondness for the smell of tobacco and pot...I miss the smell of tobacco in a cafe these days. I suppose if I attended a rock concert, I would probably be aware of the loss of the clouds of pot smoke...but anything in moderation and I do believe in the medicinal value of Cannabis.

  3. Micro, Thanks for that "Proustian fondness."