TRENTON, N.J. -- With a nod to Whoopi Goldberg, lawmakers in New Jersey announced legislation that would loosen the state's strict medical marijuana law to allow women to get pot-based products to ease menstrual cramps.

CBS New York reported Democratic Assembly members Tim Eustace, L. Grace Spencer and Angelica Jimenez introduced the bill on Thursday.

In a news release, the legislators noted that their move follows the actress' collaboration with a maker of organic marijuana edibles on a line of medical cannabis designed to relieve menstrual pain.

"People have this puritanical idea that it's a bunch of potheads sitting in these dispensaries, but there are some very sick patients in need," Eustace said.

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