Charles WatsonJan 23, 2018, 2:34 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy orders review of medical marijuana program

Executive order makes medical marijuana more accessible to patients in the Garden State

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday ordered his administration to review New Jersey's medical marijuana program, which he says has been "stifled" over the past eight years.

The Democrat signed an executive order alongside the family of medical-marijuana user Jake "The Tank" Honig, a 7-year-old from Howell who died over the weekend after a fight with a brain tumor, and Leo Bridgewater, an Army veteran who uses cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Murphy faulted the administration of former Republican Gov. Chris Christie for making it difficult for residents to use the state's program, which has 15,000 enrollees.

Other similar-sized states have hundreds of thousands of patients in their programs. Michigan, for example, has 218,000 enrollees.

New Jersey is one of 29 states with a medical marijuana program. The program was enacted shortly before Christie, who opposed making drugs more widely available, took office in 2010.

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