In response to the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis (Marijuana) Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in July 2019, the West Orange Township Council and West Orange Board of Education recently collaborated on a special meeting to discuss the legislation and possible changes to West Orange’s zoning.
Joining Moon on the panel were medical marijuana experts Monica Taing, PharmD and Board Member of Doctors for Cannabis; Hugh O’Beirne, President of the NJCIA; and Charlana McKeithen, Executive Director for Garden State Norml, a group that is working to reform marijuana laws.
Taing, also known as New Jersey’s “first cannabis pharmacist,” added that the program’s growth is also due to its expansion of the qualifying conditions for a healthcare professional to certify a patient’s need for medicinal marijuana.
According to Taing, medical marijuana is currently not prescribed because it is classified as a Schedule I drug, or one that has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the DEA. It also is one of the few forms of medicine that is subject to sales tax, which is expected to be phased out over the next three years prior being completely eliminated in July 2022, she said.
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