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The state of New Jersey has now joined the ranks of states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

NJ.com reports that doctors are now allowed to prescribe their patients marijuana for medicinal use. They can use it for problems with anxiety, chronic pain, migraines and Tourette’s Syndrome.

These ailments were added under Gov. Phil Murphy’s medical medicinal program he announced on March 27. Under this program, people will be able to pay less to register for the program and have more access to more locations to get medicine.

“Patients should be treated as patients, not criminals. We will be guided by science,” explained Murphy in a press conference. “No more would patients be failed by a system that has been prevented from delivering the compassionate care it promised nearly a decade ago.”

Former Gov. Chris Christie made it difficult for patients to enroll in the program during his term. Christie believed that a bad program was passed down him. He fought against suggestions to grow the program many times referring to it as a, “back-door to outright legalization.”

The program is expected to have more than the 18,874 patients that it initially has because of the inclusion of chronic pain of internal organs, the muscular and skeletal system. The registry, which was initially public, will attract even more people to the program.

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(Source: NJ.com )

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