Sept. 30, 2009 — Compelled by the benefits of medical marijuana, New Jersey is considering its legalization. In February, the state Senate passed the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. It awaits a vote from the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

Medical marijuana bill gains momentum in New Jersey
By Nyier Abdou/The Star-Ledger
September 30, 2009, 9:30PM

His bedroom bears all the telltale signs: the distinct, lingering odor of marijuana, the rolling papers tossed carelessly on the desk, a pile of lighters stashed in a bedside table. Christiane Oliveri pulls open her son Michael’s desk drawer and there it is, plain as day — nearly half a pound of marijuana.
New Jersey considers a medical marijuana law

Michael, 25, who suffered deep depression as a child due to the onset of debilitating muscular dystrophy, recently moved out to California and has come home to Oradell, in northern New Jersey, for his sister’s wedding. The drugs, the smoking, the marijuana leaves plastered on the back of his wheelchair — this is Christiane Oliveri’s new reality. And she hopes it stays that way.

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