Back in November of 2010, Gov. John Corzine was in the midst of packing up his stuff to leave the statehouse after his failed re-election bid. However, before vacating his seat he signed into law a new Medical Marijuana bill aimed at allowing people with debilitating illness the ability to receive medical pot to ease pain or nausea. At the same time, Reed Guscoria was proposing a new bill (NJ A4252) to the New Jersey legislature to decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. 2 years later and not much has changed in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey's people still can not get legal access to their medicine and it took over a year for Guscoria's proposed legislation to even be posted publicly for everyone to see on New Jerseys legislature web site. It is there now, with 5 sponsors and 15 co-sponsors. You can read it here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A4500/4252_I1.PDF
With respect to decriminalization; New Jersey would not be the first state to enact a law similar to NJ A4252. Currently 13 states have similar legislation on the books, and 5 of those states are in the northeast including 2 of New Jersey's neighbors in New York and Connecticut. Supporters of the bill claim that reducing the penalty of possession under 15 grams would allow officers in the state to focus their efforts on more important crimes or wider scale drug trafficking while stopping the prosecution and destroying the lives of otherwise productive and law abiding citizens. Additionally it will help ease jail crowding and the spending on enforcement. There have also been studies that show that there are biases in prosecuting simple possession charges based on income and race since the majority of those arrested and jailed for possession of small quantities of pot are minorities and poor people.
With respect to the medical bill, not one patient has received the benefits New Jereans are entitled to under the law. Chris Christie has seemingly done everything in his power to make sure that the provisions of the law will not come to fruition. He has done everything from blame the federal government for not explicitly allowing the program to claiming that he did not want a medical bill that would run amok of existing laws akin to whats happened in California. The issue of course is that there are truly sick individuals who are supposed to be protected under the law but still, 2 years later, do not have the access to their medicine as described by the laws of the state.