Legislation to permit doctors in New Jersey to authorize medical marijuana for any diagnosed condition took a step forward on Thursday. Medical marijuana, for now, can only be prescribed for certain debilitating conditions. The bill would also make it easier for minor patients to get edible forms of medical marijuana.RELATED: Are there risks from secondhand marijuana smoke? Early science says yesThe measure was approved by the state Assembly health committee, with Democrats in support and Republicans in opposition. Three Democratic members didn’t vote and two Republicans abstained. “There is no benefit in denying a patient relief,” Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway of Burlington County, the chairman of the committee, said in a statement. “Medical marijuana has the potential to treat many medical conditions. If a doctor believes medical marijuana can be an effective treatment, then they should be able to prescribe it to their patients.” Prior to the … [Read more...] about New Jersey bill advances to expand medical marijuana program for any diagnosed condition
TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program and said residents would no longer have to “jump through hoops” to get access to the drug.Murphy unveiled the recommendations of a panel commissioned earlier this year at a news conference at his Trenton office. Among the immediate changes are the addition of five conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana. Those are anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic visceral pain.“The days of making residents jump through hoops are coming to an end,” Murphy said. He added later: “We recognize that patients should be treated as patients, not criminals.”Murphy’s decision comes about a decade after the state implemented its medical marijuana program, enacted under Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, but slowly implemented under Republican Chris Christie, who had a skeptical view … [Read more...] about New Jersey expanding its medical marijuana program
As the opioid epidemic pervades public health throughout the U.S., leading to more than 1,900 deaths over one year in New Jersey alone, lawmakers in the Garden State are continuing attempts to curb the rate of addiction. A bill currently working through New Jersey legislature would require strict warning labels for all prescriptions of opioids throughout the state, becoming the first state in the country to do so.Atlantic County Assemblyman John Armato, who co-sponsored the bill, told KYW that though drug labeling is organized on the federal level, states can add their own additional labels and warnings. Armato argues the bill would help clarify what drugs fall under the opiate category. “There are so many different prescriptions out there for pain medication that sometimes you’re not aware it’s an opiate,” he told KYW. “So right off the bat, this sticker will identify it as an opiate.” The label would also specify that the medication can become … [Read more...] about New Jersey bill calls for strict warning label on opioid prescriptions
GIS collaborations often start with a public health or safety threat. What began as New Jersey’s response to the anthrax scare of 2001 has developed into Hippocrates, a Web-based situational awareness tool shared by the state’s public health community. Although Hippocrates includes features such as automated e-mail messaging, GIS is at its heart.Hippocrates fuses fixed geographic data elements with dynamic data that brings maps to life. Health-specific layers include the locations of long-term care facilities and a module for mapping chemical facilities. Users can also see real-time displays of weather and traffic and the movements of ambulances via Global Positioning System devices mounted on the vehicles. Because Hippocrates is Web-based it is easy to connect all components of the state’s health system and its partners in the state emergency operations center and at the federal level. For more information on Hippocrates in NJ, please read the full article here. … [Read more...] about Hippocrates in New Jersey
You might have seen this ad, from PSEG or on their website, “NJ Needs Nuclear . com” “It’s Cheaper to Keep Air Pollution-Free Nuclear Power than to Replace It,” the ad claims. And that is true. It’s also cheaper to drive a 10, 15, or 20 year old car than replace with a new one. Instead of a monthly car payment you have maintenance payments – new tires every 8 years or every 80,000 miles, whichever comes first, annual engine tune-ups. Here’s the flip side of the ad. “Dramatic Increases in Carbon Emissions … other fuels like coal for electricity would increase air pollution.” But what about solar and wind? “Increased Risk of Power Outages.” Actually, this is not verifiable. And a careful reading of these articles at Power Engineering, and CNBC suggest that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, requires nuclear plants to be shut down in the face of oncoming hurricanes. So maintaining … [Read more...] about New Jersey & Nuclear. Perfect Together?