New Jersey’s legislature is considering a proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use. NJ would be the 14th state to approve marijuana usage in this manner. A similar proposal was advanced several years ago. It is unclear what the perimeters of the bill would be, for example, whether it provides for distribution facilities like those that exist in California.
It is clear from the comments around the Internet that there are individuals with extreme views in opposition to the bill. I genuinely do not see how legalizing marijuana for medicinal use could promote crime as is posited by those opposing the bill. I would rather view the situation as if the drug involved was no different than any other approved medication. Only time will tell what happens on this one given the fierce opposition.