Christie Gives Green Light for N.J. MMJ Program
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Christie Gives Green Light for N.J. MMJ Program
Posted by CN Staff on July 19, 2011 at 17:08:46 PT
By Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau 
Source: Star-Ledger
Trenton --  Gov. Chris Christie said today he has directed the state health department to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" with the state's medical marijuana program he put on hold in April, while awaiting for assurances from federal law enforcement officials that state employees and licensed growers would not be vulnerable to prosecution.Christie said he never got a clear answer from federal officials. But after analyzing a memo from the U.S. Justice Department last month, reading comments President Obama made when he was a presidential candidate in 2008, and reflecting on his own experience as the former U.S. Attorney, he said going ahead with the program was worth however small the risk.
"My desire all along has to bring compassionate care to the people who need it the most,'' the governor said at an afternoon press conference at the Statehouse. "This is a narrow and medically-based program that will not lend itself to abuses that we have seen particularly in California and Colorado,'' he added.In April, the governor delayed launching the program out of concern raised by other governors and mayors around the country that state employees affiliated with the program could run the risk of arrest by federal law enforcement officials. Possessing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime, despite 16 states enacting medical marijuana laws for select patients.The delay frustrated patients, who had been told the drug would be available this summer. The Department of Health and Senior Services in March announced six alternative treatment centers, the nonprofits that successfully competed to be the only sanctioned source of marijuana, could begin building their operation. Snipped   Complete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author: Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau Published: July 19, 2011Copyright: 2011 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on July 19, 2011 at 18:32:00 PT
pleasant surprise 
Now that is a pleasant surprise coming from a Republican poltician.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on July 19, 2011 at 18:20:09 PT
And thank you God!
Marijuana is a God given herb, 0 deaths in 10,000 Years ...
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 19, 2011 at 18:16:11 PT
Thank God!
It's things like these that make me believe there is a God.
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