A recently submitted New Jersey bill aims to add dysmenorrhea to the list of conditions covered under the state’s medical marijuana laws. Advocates of the bill argue that conventional medications don’t fully treat the symptoms of severe dysmenorrhea, a condition that causes a woman’s uterine muscles to contract repeatedly, causing pain and other side effects. In support of this new bill, TV personality and New Jersey resident Whoopi Goldberg has announced a new line of medical marijuana products to address dysmenorrhea.
New Jersey law currently allows doctors to authorize medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for patients who suffer from cancer or HIV/AIDS with severe side effects, seizure disorders, intractable muscular spasticity, muscular dystrophy, ALS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease. Marijuana may also be prescribed for terminal illnesses with a prognosis of less than one year and any other condition approved by the Department of Health.
In New Jersey, it is unlawful to possess marijuana that has not been prescribed by a licensed physician. A person charged with possession of marijuana under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(4) faces serious consequences, even for a first offense. Penalties include up to 18 months in prison, fines as high as $15,000, license revocation, and mandatory entry into a drug rehabilitation program. Those caught carrying drug-related paraphernalia may be charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, even if they do not have drugs on them at the time. Consequences include up to 6 months in prison, a fine of $500-$1,000, and a license suspension for up to 2 years.
If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of marijuana or any other drug-related offense, contact the Rosenblum Law Firm today via email or call 888-979-7551 for a free consultation. Adam H. Rosenblum is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will vigorously defend your rights and fight to have your drug charges dismissed.