Legislature passes bill allowing assisted suicide for terminally ill

While legal adult-use marijuana didn’t get a vote Monday, the Legislature did send another significant bill to the governor’s desk — the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act,” also referred to as assisted suicide.

It gives terminally ill patients who are mentally competent the option to take a physician prescribed life-ending drug when they have six months to live.

The bill, first introduced in 2012, has been approved by the Assembly twice but never reached a governor’s desk.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he plans to sign the bill.

New Jersey would become the eighth state to offer medically-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.