This is huge. The New Jersey judicial system has consistently defended a patient’s right with regard to medical cannabis.
Certainly, if New Jersey has a medical cannabis program, then the state, by definition, recognizes the medical value of cannabis. It is the medical value recognition that would take cannabis off of the Schedule 1 designation.
According to the Federal Controlled Substance Act, cannabis, being a Schedule 1, has no medical value and is highly addictive. Don’t tell that to a cancer patient or a parent of a child with autism or a seizure disorder.
Conversely, crack cocaine and crystal meth are only a Schedule 2, thereby having medical value and not as addictive as cannabis – per their definitions.
Anybody with just a little common sense would recognize there is no science with these designations. Fortunately, a state appellate court is using logic to support a re-designation of cannabis at the state level.
Unfortunately, this may not have a direct impact at the federal level, but all of these efforts combined can and will. It takes time, but we are getting there and brave citizens willing take their issues to the courts are having a real impact.
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