New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed the medical cannabis expansion bill which will increase the number of industry licenses in the state, allow for home delivery, and lowers the threshold for patients to qualify for the program, according to an NBC4 report. The Democratic governor had backed the expansion plan after lawmakers were unable to legalize cannabis for adult use during the session.
The reforms will allow patients to buy 3 ounces of cannabis per visit 18 months after the bill takes effect and a commission will establish the limits once it is convened. The measure also allows physician assistants and nurse practitioners to recommend patients for the program and makes qualifying for the program easier by lowering the threshold from debilitating illnesses to “qualifying” conditions.
The measure creates a five-member commission to regulate the program, moving it from the purview of the Health Department. It also phases out the 6.625 percent sales tax over three years