On January 18th, Governor Jon Corzine made New Jersey the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The State Health Dept has the power to add more ailments in the future, but presently only a selection of illnesses are approved for marijuana use:
Cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorder, Lou Gherig’s disease, severe muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn´s disease, and terminal illness (if life expectancy is less than one year).
Growing of marijuana is strictly forbidden; caretakers who pick up the marijuana are subject to a mandatory criminal background check. Opponents say this sends the wrong message to children and promotes crime, despite marijuana being sold at authorized dispensaries.