The Assembly budget committee also advanced the measure to the full chamber.
The bill would eliminate the need for written consent from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist for juveniles to be eligible.
It would also allow treatment centers to produce an unlimited number of strains, and for marijuana to be produced in an edible form, which is now banned.
The bill was drafted in response to the plight of a Scotch Plains girl with severe epilepsy, whose parents had not been able to find a psychiatrist to sign a consent form.
Some medical professionals acknowledge a problem but say eliminating regulations is not an answer.
New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, signed into law in 2010, has gotten off to a slow start. Just one dispensary is open and a second was issued a state growing permit earlier this month but is not expected to open until September.
The state’s proposed budget would double the funding for the program to allow for more money to be available for the creation of more treatment centers.
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