January 15, 2021 Feature

State Courts Coping with Medical Marijuana Legislation Discerning Strife or Harmony?

By Judge Stephanie Domitrovich

Legislators in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania (PA) and New Jersey (NJ) and, by legislation or referendum, in 31 other states and D.C., have adopted laws legalizing medical marijuana for their citizens with serious medical issues. In 2010, the NJ legislature adopted the NJ Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (NJCUMMA), permitting registered physicians to certify qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of medical marijuana.1 In 2016, the PA General Assembly enacted the PA Medical Marijuana Act (PAMMA), declaring scientific evidence exists to suggest “medical marijuana being one potential therapy that may mitigate suffering in some patients and also enhance quality of life.”2

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