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NJ Gov. Signs Bill To Extend State Medical Cannabis Program

The expansion comes after a failed legalization bill back in March

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act is named after a 7-year-old boy from Howell who died last year after a fight with a brain tumor. His parents fought for easier access to cannabis to ease the pain of certain illnesses.

The Democrat-led Legislature sent Murphy the bill after failing in March to legalize recreational marijuana.

The bill makes a number of changes, including expanding the number of illnesses eligible and can authorize cannabis use. It sets up a commission to regulate the drug and increases the number of permits. It also phases out the state’s 6.625 percent sales tax over three years.

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