New Jersey

Syringe Access
 
On January 17, 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed sterile syringe access legislation into law that allows for the sale of limited numbers of syringes in pharmacies without a prescription. This life-saving legislation will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases. New Jersey was one of only two states that completely ban over-the-counter sales of syringes. The passage of this legislation was the culmination of years of extraordinary advocacy by the Drug Policy Alliance's office in New Jersey and our allies.
 
 
Medical Marijuana
 
On January 18th, 2010, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the "New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," which allows seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.  The passage of this legislation was the culmination of five and a half years of extraordinary advocacy by Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey, patient and family advocates, and our allies.  Soon, sick and dying patients will be able to legally access the medicine that best improves their quality of life.
 
 
Sentencing Reform
 
On January 12th, 2010, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed Assembly Bill No. 2762 / Senate Bill No. 1866, which returned discretion to judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses.  The passage of this legislation was the culmination of five years of extraordinary advocacy by Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey, and our allies and helps restore stronger families and communities.