In a broad step towards legalization Gov. Murphy announced a sweeping reform to the state's medicinal marijuana program. At a press conference held last Tuesday Murphy said, "we are changing the restrictive culture of our medical marijuana program to make it more patient-friendly."

                                      Perhaps the largest aspect of this overhaul will be the immediate inclusion of five new medical conditions to the list of those that qualify for the program. These are anxiety disorder, migraines, Tourette's syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic visceral pain.

                                      Also changing immediately, a lowering of biennial registration fee from $200.00 to $100.00 and a special rate for seniors and veterans at a menial $20.00.

                                      Other parts of the reform include seeking to provide 'unlimited' quantities to those in hospice care and the overall increase of the supply limit for others, including edibles.

                                      The Public Physicians Registry will no longer be a requirement for doctors to advocate the use of medical marijuana. However the department's website will still be active for those seeking to advertise their services.

                                      All of these changes are to push the state towards the goal of legalization, which Phil Murphy campaigned heavily on.

                                      Although there is no specific time frame to complete the changes, over 20 in all, Murphy said, "we are committed to getting it done for all New Jersey residents who can be helped by access to medical marijuana."

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