As the New Jersey governor and New Jersey legislators debate whether to raise the age to be able to buy and possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the state’s largest hospital system is grappling with its own evolving marijuana policy.
The state has about a dozen licensed marijuana dispensaries and a few hundred licensed medical marijuana providers.
The debate over how to regulate marijuana is playing out in the wake of a series of high-profile marijuana arrests.
A coalition of New Jersey hospitals is pressing for the state to change its law to allow patients to purchase small amounts for personal consumption, which would allow for more efficient utilization of marijuana in the state.
“The medical marijuana market is still underdeveloped,” said Dr. Robert Koch, chairman of the board of the New Brunswick Children’s Hospital.
“It’s very much an experimental market.”
The hospital is part of the Institute for New Jersey Medical Care, which advocates for medical marijuana in New Brunswick and other New Jersey communities.
“I would not be opposed to a more liberal approach,” said Koch.
“In general, I think a lot of the concerns about the policy are really rooted in the way it was written.”
A key question for New Brunswick’s hospital is whether to continue to allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or allow the state-licensed dispensaries to be allowed to sell small amounts.
“We’re going to have to see where the marketplace develops,” said Patrick Gorman, executive director of the National Hospitals Association, a national organization of hospitals.
“What the state wants is to allow the medical marijuana dispensaries to grow their capacity.
The dispensaries are already growing capacity.
Koch said he is not surprised that New Brunswick is considering expanding the medical pot program. “
That could be the perfect time to do that.”
Koch said he is not surprised that New Brunswick is considering expanding the medical pot program.
“There’s a lot more people now who have a chronic condition,” he said.
“If you’re going from a population that is chronically ill to a population who is less ill, the market is going to change.”
Kuchins group is trying to change New Brunswick laws to allow dispensaries to sell marijuana and the state should let medical marijuana patients grow their own marijuana.
The group has been trying for several years to change the law to let patients grow up to six plants at home.
But Kuchin says the effort to change laws has stalled because of the political fallout from the arrests.
“This is an issue where the governor and state legislators have a lot to lose politically if they don’t move quickly,” he told NJ Advance Media.
“New Brunswick is not a perfect place to start.”
A new marijuana law would allow a patient to grow up of six plants for personal personal use in the same way as a grower would grow up six plants.
Koch wants to make that legal in New Zealand.
A law that allows for medical cannabis is a key goal for the group, but he said the state has not done enough to change state law.
“The biggest hurdle right now is we have a very liberal marijuana policy,” he added.
“But if you’re just making sure it’s a policy that doesn’t discriminate based on a person’s diagnosis, and then it’s not based on their marijuana use, then it can be a success.” “
Koughner said he hopes New Jersey will eventually change the marijuana policy so that patients can grow their plants. “
But if you’re just making sure it’s a policy that doesn’t discriminate based on a person’s diagnosis, and then it’s not based on their marijuana use, then it can be a success.”
Koughner said he hopes New Jersey will eventually change the marijuana policy so that patients can grow their plants.
But he said it will be difficult to do without new federal and state marijuana regulations.
“When we get that right, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about it anymore,” he warned.
“Even if we change the laws to permit the patients to grow, it won’t be a quick change.”
New Brunswick hospitals have seen some of the greatest success in New England with medical marijuana.
Kuchlin said he has had to deal with marijuana related problems, such as pain and anxiety, as well as other serious medical conditions.
But there have been no marijuana-related deaths in New Jersyans hospitals, he said, adding that the New Jansys current marijuana policies are working.
New Jersey also has an extensive network of medical marijuana doctors who are helping patients with their medical marijuana needs, said Gorman.
“They’re really the backbone of our medical marijuana program,” he noted.
“So we’re really trying to ensure that we’re working in a way that is safe and secure for our patients.”
Kucher said the new medical marijuana laws would allow the hospitals to provide care to more people.
“As long as you have a medical condition and the physician is willing to see patients, then we can be the best place to be,” he concluded.