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NJ Assembly votes on medical marijuana changes

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:05:52 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 09 2013 01:46:32 PM CDT

Daniel Wallis/Reuters

1996 -- California becomes the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, 17 states and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Colorado and Washington have decriminalized the drug entirely.

TRENTON, N.J. -

The New Jersey Assembly has approved a major change to the state's fledgling medical marijuana program.

Monday's vote will allow dispensaries to grow and sell more than three varieties of pot to patients and provide the drug in an edible form to children.

The measure was inspired by families who said their children with severe epilepsy would benefit from using certain types of marijuana.

Lawmakers passed a bill in June, but Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto last month.

Christie said he will approve the bill if it does not eliminate the requirement that at least two doctors sign off before children can have access to medical cannabis.

The state Senate previously accepted Christie's revisions.