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  Christie Blowing Smoke
Posted by CN Staff on April 27, 2011 at 06:59:17 PT
Inquirer Editorial 
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer 

medical Trenton -- The Christie administration has found yet another way to delay implementation of New Jersey's medical marijuana law. Enough already.

The measure was debated for years and thoroughly vetted by the state Legislature. It was finally adopted and signed into law by Gov. Jon S. Corzine more than a year ago. But Christie has sabotaged it at every turn. The law took effect last October, but it's still unclear when medical marijuana will be dispensed.

Many chronically ill patients have been waiting for years. Elise Segal, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, told the Drug Policy Alliance that she and "other sick and dying patients" feel like "pawns in a game of politics being played by the Christie administration."

In the latest stall tactic, state Attorney General Paula Dow has asked the U.S. Justice Department to review the law. Dow last week requested clarification on whether federal authorities would arrest those licensed to grow medical marijuana or administer the program. Good question - but it's been answered.

The issue was cleared up in October 2009, when the Justice Department directed federal prosecutors in states that allow medical marijuana not to target patients or their sanctioned suppliers when the drug is purchased for legitimate purposes.

That directive, a welcome departure from past federal policy, made sense. It gave states a green light to pass medical marijuana laws, but left the door open for federal agents to still go after illegal marijuana operations.

New Jersey passed one of the strictest laws when it became only the 14th state in the country to legalize medical marijuana. Legislators did a good job of studying the mistakes made in states like California, where providing medical marijuana has led to a booming recreational pot business with rampant abuses.

Last year, lawmakers gave Christie an extra three months to draft regulations to implement the law. That was after the state was forced to redraft its first proposed rules, which would have made it difficult for most patients to get medical marijuana. But the new rules on how the drug will be dispensed remain in limbo.

Studies show that marijuana can alleviate pain and other symptoms in seriously ill or dying patients. Christie's stalling is unduly causing those patients to suffer.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
Published: April 27, 2011
Copyright: 2011 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on April 28, 2011 at 03:50:07 PT
That may be one reason but it's not the ONLY reason. -And it may not be influencing Christie at all. There are so many (discredited) reasons the prohibitionist's persecute the superplant.

I don't know it but I suspect Christie is against cannabis due to His religous beliefs. (I read He's a catholic) And that would be interesting and an example to exploit because God indicates He created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible. Caging sick humans for using what God says is good on page 1 seems immoral.

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Comment #2 posted by por1 on April 27, 2011 at 09:16:03 PT:

Anouther overeach of our Government
It seems that all natural healing is under atack.

When will it end?

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Comment #1 posted by NoCowLevel on April 27, 2011 at 07:31:26 PT
Corporate scum
I've just about fucking had it with this guy. The ONLY reason he's delaying this is because pharmaceuticals will lose money.

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