Yesterday's The Star-Ledger in New Jersey offered a point-by-point breakdown of the difference between Colorado's medical marijuana industry, and the one attempting to get off the ground in the Garden State.
CO: Registered participants may grow their own or buy from dispensaries that are locally licensed. They or their caregivers may possess up to two ounces of "usable" pot and no more than six marijuana plants.
NJ: Registered patients may purchase up to two ounces of marijuana a month. Six nonprofit dispensaries or alternative treatment centers would be allowed to open initially - two in the northern, central and southern portions of New Jersey, with the possibility of the state allowing more.
Who is eligible:
CO: Patients whose doctors verify they have cachexia (severe loss of weight and muscle), cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or will use marijuana to treat muscle spasms, seizures, severe pain, and severe nausea.
NJ: Patients must be diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or any chronic medical condition (or its treatment) that causes severe or chronic pain, nausea, seizures, and severe and persistent muscle spasms, or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given less than a year to live.