Lawmakers in Trenton are debating the pros and cons of legalizing pot to relieve disease-related pain and other chronic symptoms of patients suffering from diseases such as MS, cancer, and HIV Aids. New Jersey could become the 13th state to legalize use of the herb, but AB804 still needs to come to a vote. Baristaville, let’s have a vote of our own:
Twelve states have legalized the practice, beginning with California in 1996, while two others have reduced criminal penalties. The federal government still considers marijuana use a crime even in those states, but [Assemblyman Reed]Gusciora (D-Mercer) said most federal prosecutions involve major pushers.
David Evans, a Flemington attorney and a cancer survivor who once endorsed the practice, said he now believes the medicinal use movement is a front for groups who want broader legalization of marijuana.