Gov Vows To Tighten Law on Marijuana
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Gov Vows To Tighten Law on Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 27, 2010 at 06:13:50 PT
By Bob Jordan, Statehouse Bureau
Source: Asbury Park Press
Trenton -- Gov. Chris Christie said he will fight to prevent his administration's proposed medical marijuana regulations from going up in smoke, despite pressure from state lawmakers to make changes. The governor said he fears watering down the rules would essentially create "a de facto legalization of marijuana" in New Jersey.Changes here could lead to duplicating flawed medical marijuana systems in place in California and Colorado, Christie said during a press conference on Tuesday. There are currently a total of 13 states that allow medical marijuana.
"We're not going to have a head shop in every town and quack doctors writing prescriptions for people with headaches to get marijuana," Christie said. "That's not going to happen on my watch."In elections earlier this month, South Dakota voters rejected for the second time a measure to legalize marijuana for medical use, but a similar referendum was approved by a narrow margin in Arizona.Oregon voters shot down expanding their state's program to create a network of licensed nonprofit dispensaries.California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996.New Jersey rolled out its yet-to-start program with legislation nearly a year ago and former Gov. Jon S.Corzine signed the bill into law, a day before Christie took office in January.Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said he has seen firsthand the dangers of drug abuse."I'm not doing it," Christie said of easing restrictions. "I've seen too much in my previous career of what can happen when drugs become that prevalent."Christie said he has no problem with allowing for the "compassionate relief of pain for those patients who can find relief through no other legal means."I'm for them getting it from doctors who've been treating them all along, not from doctors parachuted into the situation with a profit-making motive like we've seen happen in California and Colorado," he said.On Monday, the state Assembly voted 48-22 to require a rewrite of the policy that will be followed when New Jersey starts its program, expected to happen in 2011. Snipped   Complete Article: Asbury Park Press (NJ)Author: Bob Jordan, Statehouse BureauPublished: November 26, 2010Copyright: 2010 Asbury Park PressContact: yourviews app.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #13 posted by kaptinemo on November 28, 2010 at 12:13:13 PT:
The KGB did that kind of thing, too
They had their own border guards operating well within the borders of the late-and-unlamented Soviet Union.Not too much longer before the Average American will hear the English version of Vasha boomaga, tovarisch!" ("Your papers, Comrade!") And essentially it's all for drugs; not too many illegals are being caught and deported courtesy of these 'checkpoints'.Another trampling of basic freedomss brought to you by those paragons of justice, our 'civil servants'...who were sworn to the same oath I was, but immediately forgot it.
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Comment #12 posted by charmed quark on November 28, 2010 at 08:38:27 PT
Warrantless "Border" Check Points
The Border patrol is now allowed to make stops, without probable cause, of vehicles within 150 miles from the border even if they have no reason to think the car has any connection with illegal border activities. Roughly 2/3rds of the US live this far from a border. All of NJ, for instance, is this far from the international border.They often find illegal drugs this way. THAT's what got Willy N. We have essentially suspended the "search and seizure" amendment. This isn't new, it's been gradually evolving. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on November 28, 2010 at 07:57:43 PT
It may be legal to do so... but it's not right
to arrest or harass people in any way for having cannabis.There's no way that anyone would ever have to say before any great judgment of what's right and what's wrong that they were wrong for using an herb.There will be some wrong having to be admitted about arresting and harassing people over said herb, though. If there is some time of reckoning.Might they get away with it... even the murders they've committed and caused over the prohibition of cannabis? Yes, I think they might. Any thing is possible. My purpose, always, though, as been just to get them to stop. I don't need to punish them for it, but I do need to make them stop arresting, punishing, and killing people over it. I need to. I have to.I'd like to see Willie see the end of this prohibition. I'd like to see it myself. But if we don't... I have comfort in knowing there are younger people in place, fighting to end the injustice. If it takes another hundred years, another two hundred years, we will do it... because it's the right thing to do.
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on November 28, 2010 at 05:25:55 PT
My Wife is down in LA. 
She said she went to an Hollywood Starbucks Coffee. It was so quiet she could hear names dropping.
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Comment #9 posted by RevRayGreen on November 27, 2010 at 23:00:03 PT
Show #15 Keeping it Green
tonights show check it.....
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Comment #8 posted by goneposthole on November 27, 2010 at 19:40:18 PT
six ounces...
on Willie's tour bus. It'll be a hit single on the country charts in a few weeks. Willie can do it, no problem.'My stash is down to six ounces, that's not even a pound, and I'm busted' Willie will sing it somehow. Meanwhile, another 70 tons of cannabis was distributed throughout all fifty states just today.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 27, 2010 at 14:26:13 PT
Willie Nelson Arrested After Pot Found on Tour Bus
November 27, 2010Living country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with possession of marijuana after six ounces were discovered aboard his tour bus in Texas, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.Nelson's tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas -- approximately 85 miles east of El Paso -- around 9 a.m. on Friday. When an officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the bus, a search turned up the marijuana, police said.Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson, 77, claimed that the marijuana was his.According to police patrolman Bill Brooks, a sheriff from Hudspeth County was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested at the scene. Nelson was held briefly and paid a $2,500 bond before being released.Mickey Raphael, Nelson's longtime harmonica player, spoke with Rolling Stone magazine regarding the incident and Nelson's release, telling the magazine that "he said he feels great -- he lost six ounces.""It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else," West told the El Paso Times. "He could get 180 days in county jail, which if he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean. He can wear the stripy uniforms just like the other ones do."At the time Nelson was traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas. Because he was released, it is not expected that the arrest would affect his tour, which continues with a concert in Thackerville, Okla., tonight.Elaine Schock, Nelson's spokeswoman, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.Nelson, a staunch advocate of decriminalization of marijuana, has had his share of drug-related brushes with the law.In Louisiana in 2006, 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms were found on his bus. Nelson pleaded guilty in that case and each was sentenced to a $1,024 fine and six months probation.Back in 1995 Nelson was also arrested in Waco, Texas, and police officers said they saw a joint in his car's ashtray. Nelson had pulled off the road to sleep after an all night poker game. At the time he also confessed that there was small amount of marijuana on the car's floorboard.Nelson, a Texas native who was born in the tiny town of Abbott, has been an icon of the country music scene since the early 1970s, when he rose to prominence in the outlaw country movement of the time with albums like "Red Headed Stranger" and classic tracks like "On the Road Again" and a famous cover of Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."Nelson is a co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board, and has worked for years for marijuana legalization. He has recorded and produced radio and television commercials for the cause, and in 2005 hosted the Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament at his personal golf course in Spicewood, Texas.Copyright: 2010 ABC News Internet VenturesURL:
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on November 27, 2010 at 13:46:43 PT
Everything naughty under the sun [Son]!
New Jersey is not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows there Gov! Everything naughty under gods blue sky is happening on your watch. Apparently everthing except freedom. Everything except universal free medicines of choice. Everything except unfettered relief to your citizens. without fear of being caged.You are bound and determined to save and continue with the old model of drug dispersion....the corner dealer!This man is either sold out like a prosecutor or he is stupid like a prosecutor? 
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on November 27, 2010 at 13:34:39 PT
"That's not going to happen on my watch."
Christie was having a single malt moment.
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on November 27, 2010 at 10:17:54 PT:
Truer words never spoken
"East Coast states are overrun with too much government and big brothers like Christie remain clueless."I live in Northern Virginia, and the closer the proximity to DC, the more restrictive the drug laws become, and the more authoritarian the enforcers of the laws behave. It's no accident: the vast majority of the supporters of drug prohibition are dependent upon government for their jobs. The closer to DC, the more bureaucrats and those who support them...and thus, the greater the support for the (ultimately, ineffectual) drug laws. Changing the laws threatens their meal-ticket. And they know that very well indeed.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on November 27, 2010 at 08:54:59 PT
The only 'flaw' in liberty is government.The only 'issue' with cannabis is prohibition.The only 'drugs' are manufactured by pharmas.The only 'medicine' is made by the Creator.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 27, 2010 at 07:47:19 PT
Don't care for Christie.
"Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said he has seen firsthand the dangers of drug abuse."Has He not seen firsthand the dangers of prohibition?I'm assuming He acknowledges the voters put Him in office but doesn't want to acknowledge they also voted to legalize cannabis.Does Christie even acknowledge cannabis is a plant and not a "drug?"
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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on November 27, 2010 at 07:46:44 PT
news flash
Drugs are prevalent everywhere you go, not just in New Jersey. Lots and lots of them. Legal and illegal both. It is best to avoid such nonsense.Just use cannabis and that's it.East Coast states are overrun with too much government and big brothers like Christie remain clueless. Quack politicians wherever you turn. They need to be replaced with freedom.I lived on the East Coast for a year and got out. It is not the place to be. 
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