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  • NJ A457
  • Authorizes medical marijuana for qualifying patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of debilitating medical conditions that would qualify a patient to receive medical marijuana under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatic event such as a physical or sexual assault, childhood neglect or physical abuse, a natural disaster, exposure to combat, or other extreme or life-threatening events. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, uncontrollable thoughts about the event, emotional distress, physical symptoms, feelings of numbness or detachment, engaging in dangerous or self-destructive behavior, and experiencing suicidal thoughts. To qualify for medical marijuana, the patient's PTSD symptoms would have to be resistant to conventional medical therapy, which generally combines psychotherapy with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. To be authorized for use of medical marijuana, the patient would have to meet the other requirements of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act as well, including obtaining certification of the patient's condition from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Health and Senior Services, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations
Approved P.L.2016, c.53.  (on 9/14/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
9/14/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.53.
8/1/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (28-9)
8/1/2016 S Substituted for S2345
6/16/2016 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (56-13-7)
6/2/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/2/2016 A TRANS ARO
6/2/2016 Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Hearing (14:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 14, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 8/1/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 28 9 3
Detail 8/1/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2345 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/16/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 56 13 11
Detail 6/2/2016 Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 2
Detail 6/2/2016 Assembly Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 2