NJ to discuss medical marijuana bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - December 14, 2008 The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee will take up the issue tomorrow.

The bill's primary sponsor is Union County Democrat Sen. Nicholas Scutari. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that he thinks the legislation is groundbreaking.

The proposal would make New Jersey the 14th state to sanction marijuana for medical uses.

It would require state health officials to approve case-by-case requests from doctors who recommend marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Approved patients would then be given a state ID card verifying their enrollment in the program.

The proposal could face a lengthy approval fight.

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