New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would allow medical marijuana patients to use it to treat debilitating illnesses.
Christie signed the bill into law on the final day of the 2017 legislative session, marking a milestone in the push for a national legalization of medical marijuana.
The governor signed a bill allowing veterans with chronic illnesses to use cannabis to treat their pain, fatigue and pain, and suffering from Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis to use the drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the governor’s office.
The bill, HB 923, was approved on a 12-5 vote, and Gov.
Christie signed it into law.
The legislation also allows doctors to prescribe cannabis to veterans for non-cancer treatments, according the governor.
“I applaud the people of New Jersey for recognizing the healing power of cannabis and supporting the medical use of cannabis for those suffering from debilitating illnesses,” Christie said in a statement.
“The state’s veterans and their families deserve the best care possible from a state medical marijuana program.”
Medical marijuana has been legalized in at least three other states, including Washington, D.C., and Colorado, with the latest measure to pass coming from New Jersey.
In 2014, voters in New Jersey approved medical marijuana, but the state is still waiting for a presidential signature.