New Jersey’s state law has matched federal law when it comes to marijuana’s value medicinally.
That is, marijuana “does not have any medicinal value”. This is an especially odd stance to take as a state who has a medical marijuana program with thousands of participants.
New Jersey state courts have decided that it’s time to look into this contradiction a bit, demanding a review of the plant’s medicinal value – value which is “abundantly and glaringly apparent now.”
This does not immediately change the legal status of marijuana, it is simply a review of this status – although the excuse that the drug has no medicinal value can no longer be used.
Leland Moore, spokesman for the attorney general’s office, had this to say:
“The Division disagrees with the majority’s opinion and intends to appeal the decision.”
Espinosa also agreed with the state that Lee “lacks the authority to depart from federal schedules to remove marijuana from Schedule 1.”
“From the Legislature’s first recognition of possible medical uses of marijuana to the present, it has consistently drawn a distinction between marijuana for medical uses and marijuana for non-medical uses. That distinction would cease to exist if the Director were permitted to remove marijuana from Schedule I,” Espinosa said.
It will be interesting to see how this situation develops not only in New Jersey, but across the nation, as more and more of the populous supports full legalization of the drug.