Right now in New Jersey, patients with debilitating diseases who use medical marijuana can be denied needed medical care, including organ transplants! It's appalling that vulnerable people suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and other serious conditions can be denied medical care simply because they use marijuana as medicine.
You can help us change the law. A new bill in NJ would protect medical marijuana patients from this brutal discrimination. But we need to get the NJ Senate to vote on it. Urge NJ Senate leadership to protect medical marijuana patients today!
This important bill supplements the "New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" by requiring that a patient's authorized use of medical marijuana be considered equivalent to the authorized use of any other prescribed medication. It further prohibits medical marijuana to be used as a basis for denying patients needed medical care, including organ transplants.
In recent years, there have been reports of registered medical marijuana patients in other states being disqualified from transplant waiting lists solely on the basis of their cannabis consumption, a decision that, by itself, has absolutely no medical justification.
Arizona, Delaware, and Rhode Island all have medical marijuana laws that contain explicit protections for transplant patients. All three statutes state that the authorized use of marijuana by a registered patient must be considered the equivalent to the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not disqualify an otherwise qualified patient from receiving medical care, including organ transplantation.
Again, I urge you to take swift action in support of S1220. Thank you for protecting the health of all New Jerseyans.