Executive order mandating
Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order directing the New Jersey Department of Health and the Board of Medical Examiners to review the state’s existing medical marijuana program.
The goal of the review is to eliminate barriers to access for patients who suffer from illnesses that could be treated with medical marijuana, according to the Governor’s Office.
Section 5: Each agency within the executive department shall regularly, and in no event less than once per calendar year, conduct trainings and exercises to put into practice its submitted Continuity of Operations plan.
Section 6: These trainings and exercises shall be designed to simulate emergency situations which may arise, and shall be designed to test the effectiveness of the various components of the Continuity of Government and Continuity of Operations plans.
Section 4: Each secretariat within the executive department shall regularly, and in no event less than once per calendar year, conduct trainings and exercises to put into practice its submitted Continuity of Government and Continuity of Operations plans.The Order also requires that the review’s findings are submitted along with recommendations for new rules and regulations – or for the elimination of existing ones.Another goal of the Executive Order and subsequent review is to eliminate the stigma that many doctors feel when prescribing medical marijuana.In addition, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance shall submit a quarterly report to the Executive Office of Public Safety on the status of its review of executive department communication and information systems.Section 8: The Executive Office of Public Safety shall submit an annual report to the Office of the Governor regarding the status of the Continuity of Government plan of each secretariat within the executive department, and the status of the Continuity of Operations plan of each secretariat and agency within the executive department.
A review of the current process for obtaining a license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary, including recommendations to expedite that process; c. -3, and a recommendation as to whether doctors should be given flexibility to make these determinations on their own; e.