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.
Sandy told Dr Oz that is is terrifying when she tries to get Marijuana now, because she has to ask a loved one to go out to the streets to get it for her and this has caused problems before. One person she sent got mugged, had the money taken, and no Marijuana was given to them. So she hates the idea of putting others in jeopardy, but it is essential because otherwise she has no quality of life. When she was previously on different forms of Morphine, she lost her ability to comprehend along with both short term and long term memory. She gets checked by her doctor every three months, and she has absolutely no physical symptoms of damage from using Marijuana.
Also, here are links to recaps of all of the segments that Dr Oz did on Medical Marijuana today:
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana New Jersey Laws Make It Impossible To Get
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Laws Stimulate The Economy?
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana for MS, Cancer, HIV & Chronic Pain
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Safety & Impact on Teens
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana: Which States Marijuana Is Legal In
Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in New Jersey
Dr Oz asked why is it so hard for Sandy to get Medical Marijuana? Montel Williams said that the governor of New Jersey signed it, but patients cannot get it because Governor Christie is not administering it. Dr Oz said that if the law is passed making something legal, but you still cannot get it, then that seems un-American. An Internal Medicine Doctor in New Jersey said that to qualify for Medical Marijuana is very complicated. First, there is a very narrow list of qualifying diseases. Then, your physician has to agree that Cannabis is a good treatment and your physician has to register and qualify for the program with the state. Only at this point can you get a Medical Marijuana Card that allows you to purchase Medical Marijuana at Alternative Treatment Centers or Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. But the biggest problem is that there are no Dispensaries setup as of yet, and there probably will not be anything operational until January 2012 (even though the law was passed in January 2010). New Jersey is supposed to have a total of 6 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: two in the North, two in the center and two in the South.
Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana in NJ
Doctor Oz said that New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, but these laws may be coming to your state soon. A man in Dr Oz’s audience named David said that in California you can get Medical Marijuana for just about anything – even for things like Dandruff! David said that New Jersey setup their system based on medical science and to make sure there aren’t abuses, which is why it takes longer to get in place. New Jersey wants to make sure that only the right people get Medical Marijuana and that there will be no abuse.
Dr Oz asked David what it would look like for Medical Marijuana to be used appropriately. He said that he is a Cancer Survivor and have been through surgery and treatments, but when he was diagnosed, he looked at what was the FDA-Approved process and got treatments based on science which saved his life. David fears that someone with Cancer will be told to just get on Medical Marijuana rather than to do treatments that are based on science.
New Jersey learned from other states and made their Medical Marijuana Laws the tightest bill of anywhere in the country. Dr Oz came back to the point of why Sandy still cannot get Medical Marijuana, even though she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), suffers greatly, is helped by Marijuana and her doctor agrees that she should have it? David argued that Sandy will be able to get it as soon as the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are setup and they do criminal checks on everyone involved and setup an appropriate distribution system.
What do you think about the Medical Marijuana Laws in New Jersey (which are so strict that people cannot yet get Marijuana) vs the Medical Marijuana Laws in California (where it sounds like almost anyone can get access to it)? Leave your opinion in the comment section below!