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Murphy to Sign Bill Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

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    A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    • The bill creates cultivator, manufacturer and dispensary permits, up from the single alternative treatment center license that exists now.

    • Allows physician assistants and advanced-practice nurses to authorize cannabis for medical treatment. Current state law allows only doctors.

    • The bill also establishes a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission to oversee the program, removing it from the Health Department.

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to sign a bill to expand the state's medical marijuana program.

    Murphy is expected to sign the measure Tuesday.

    The Democrat-led Legislature sent Murphy the bill after failing in March to legalize recreational marijuana. Murphy, a Democrat, has already taken executive action to double the number marijuana dispensaries from six to 12.

    The bill makes a number of changes, including one that allows physician assistants and advanced-practice nurses to authorize cannabis for medical treatment. State law currently only allows doctors to do that.

    It also creates cultivator, manufacturer and dispensary permits, up from the single alternative treatment center license that exists now.

    The bill also establishes a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission to oversee the program, removing it from the Health Department.