Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana New Jersey Laws Make It Impossible To Get


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Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana NJ Laws

Doctor Oz’s show on Medical Marijuana included a segment about a lady named Sandy who lives in New Jersey, where Medical Marijuana is supposed to be legal but it is nearly impossible to get.  Sandy has been smoking Marijuana for medicinal purposes for 15 years, because previous medications did not work or she would become incoherent, drool and could not remember her own name or who her mother was.  Sandy told Dr Oz that she was relieved when New Jersey legalized Medical Marijuana in 2010, because it is stressful and dangerous for her to get Marijuana on the streets.  Especially now that she is incapacitated and cannot walk, she feels badly to endanger other people by asking them to go out and get her Marijuana.


  1. says

    As someone who has seen several family members benefit from Medical Marjiuana, I am shocked and appalled at the NJ law. Not only does the NJ law make it as difficult as possible to cover a narrow range of patients, but it also requires patients have been under the care of a doctor for one year, document other treatment methods have failed, and even once they get MMJ, their doctor is required to attempt to ween them off of MMJ (medical marijuana).

    Cannabis (Marijuana) has been used for thousands of years medicinally. And while California’s laws may qualify quite a number of patients, I ask: Why is this the only drug where DOCTORS aren’t in charge of their PATIENTS? When the FDA approves a drug for Rx use by doctors, any doctor can prescribe that drug for any reason (sometimes called “off-label” use), if they deem it medically beneficial. Care should be DOCTOR/PATIENT driven, not BUREAUCRAT/PATIENT driven. Why is medical marijuana the only drug that doctors do not have the power to prescribe as they deem necessary.

    If you think MMJ is over-prescribed in California, let’s look at the over-prescription of adderall (ADHD medication), and painkillers in this country; drugs which are far more harmful and addictive than MMJ. Marijuana is a harmless herb. In thousands of years of human use, no one has ever overdosed from it because it simply isn’t toxic enough. It doesn’t cause withdrawal, and therefore is not chemically or physically dependent (like many pharmaceutical drugs are).

    Nothing should stand in the way of patients having access to their medicine!

  2. says

    if it makes people free from pain they should allow to be prescribed by a doctor and use it for that purpose only

  3. says

    The NJ law actually doesn’t cover chronic pain at all, unlike other states’ laws. MMJ is proven to be effective at a wide range of conditions, not just pain. In patients with treamors (such as MS), I’ve seen patents go from being unable to speak to being able to lead normal lives. Cancer patients who can’t keep food down I’ve seen able to eat as a result of MMJ. Glaucoma patients are finally able to see. And the list goes on. The AMA, and dozens of medical organizations acknowledge the medical benefit of MMJ. Again, why is the government standing in the way of allowing doctors to prescribe patients a beneficial, relatively harmless substance, to patients who find it effective?! This is why patients are so passionate about MMJ- because it works! It releaves pain, lifts mood, increases appetite, stops treamors, releases ocular pressure (in glaucoma patients), helps with nausea, and can help with anxiety and depression. And it’s far less harmful and addictive than other drugs that are already legal- antidepressants and antianxiety drugs are addictive and have tons of side effects. Beurocrats have no place telling doctors how to treat patients. And who are we to tell someone they can’t use a medicine that works for them?

  4. says

    Studies have shown that smoking medical marijuana has pain-killing, muscle-calming, nausea-controlling and appetite-boosting effects that benefit patients suffering from countless medical conditions, opponents of medical marijuana still hold on to one argument: medicine is not smoked, so then how can marijuana be considered a medicine?

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