N.J. Senate Moves To Nix New Medical-Pot Rules
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N.J. Senate Moves To Nix New Medical-Pot Rules
Posted by CN Staff on January 21, 2011 at 05:51:02 PT
By Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg News
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Trenton -- Lawmakers in New Jersey want to reverse Gov. Christie's proposed rules on medical marijuana, which one sponsor said are restrictive and violate a 2009 law authorizing doctors to prescribe the drug. The Democratic-led state Senate is moving ahead with a measure invalidating a set of rules that Christie, a Republican, proposed to limit the potency of the prescribed drug and restrict dispensing. The Senate Health and Senior Services Committee held a public hearing on the measure Thursday in Trenton. Legislators must wait 20 days before taking a vote on the measure.
The effort follows a December announcement from Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Princeton Democrat, and Christie detailing a plan to begin the medical-marijuana program by July. "The rules are unworkable," Sen. James Whelan, an Atlantic City Democrat, said at Thursday's hearing. "We kept backing up and backing up to the point where it's not going to be effective. That's the concern I have." Christie's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine, signed a law in 2009 making New Jersey the 14th U.S. state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use by those suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other afflictions. Corzine, who also served one term as a U.S. senator from New Jersey, is now chief executive officer of broker MF Global Holdings Ltd. in New York. Christie initially sought to reduce the number of marijuana dispensaries and to place more regulations on how the drug was grown and prescribed, saying he wanted to prevent abuse. In December, the governor announced a compromise that would allow six centers statewide to grow and dispense marijuana. It would also limit the potency of the prescribed drug. The Senate committee will send a transcript of the hearing to all 120 state legislators and then take a formal vote on whether to void the governor's proposed rules, said Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Teaneck Democrat, who leads the panel. The governor said his proposal represents "the best way to move forward on a responsible, medically based program that will avoid the fraud and criminal-diversion problems that other states have experienced." He named California and Colorado as examples of states where regulations are too lax. Michael Drewniak, a Christie spokesman, did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. Jennifer Lande, 28, who walks with a cane and said she suffers from wasting disease, told the Senate hearing that she has used marijuana illicitly for a decade, with the knowledge of her doctors. She said she weighs 95 pounds and loses more than three pounds a week despite force-feeding herself 3,000 calories a day. Christie's rules wouldn't permit her to obtain the drug, as the condition isn't among those authorized for treatment, Lande said at the hearing. "I do what I need to do to survive," Lande said. She said the underlying cause of her disorder had not been determined. "My medical condition is extremely complex," Lande said. "There is one thing I can easily tell you: Marijuana is medicine for me. Without it, I am unable to eat, drink, or take my other medications." Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)Author: Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg NewsPublished: January 21, 2011Copyright: 2011 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.URL: Inquirer.Letters phillynews.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on January 22, 2011 at 07:16:38 PT
I'm sorry but "Chris" Christie?
Something like Dan Daniels or Richard Richards.I like the ever popular Thorn Thornberry.John Johnson, David Davidson, oh boy, Dick Dickerson,to name a few.I don't know what to do with Lipschitz? Should that be "Lip" Lipschitz Or "Lipschitz" Lipschitz? Ronald Donaldson would be a pity to name your kid!Chris Christie sounds so, oh I dunno, limp? My mind wants to rhyme Chris with kiss and I think Kiss Christie and I feel a little like a voyeur invoking such images.I'll need a good cleaning with mental floss after that one!
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Comment #1 posted by Paul Pot on January 21, 2011 at 23:58:07 PT:
Legalise and separate medical and recreational pot
Just legalise it altogether. Let the medical dispensaries get on with the work of looking after patients who need it and they will be able to offer their specialised service to go with the product and not waste time and essentail medical services on recreational smokers and let pot bars open up to service the rest of us.
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