NJ looks at adding medical marijuana conditions

A report shows that medical marijuana usage is low over the first 25 months of the program.(Photo: Courier-Post file)

New Jersey is preparing to consider adding conditions that qualify patients for using medical marijuana, Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd said Wednesday.

She said she will assemble a panel of medical experts to make recommendations.

Under state regulations, the process can start following the release Tuesday of the state's second annual report on its medical cannabis program.

The report found that 3,600 people received the drug legally from the opening of the state's first dispensary in December 2012 through the end of 2014. There were about 20,000 total sales of 800 pounds of 33 different strains of the drug, which is still illegal under federal law.

The state also reported that the availability of marijuana varied widely at the state's three dispensaries. Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge was open nearly every day...

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