Marijuana Stalling Over
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Marijuana Stalling Over
Posted by CN Staff on July 23, 2011 at 07:15:35 PT
By The Inquirer Editorial
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey -- After months of delay, Gov. Christie has finally made the correct decision: to stop stalling implementation of the state's medical marijuana law.Christie never got the blanket assurance from federal authorities that they would honor the law. But he finally came to the same logical conclusion that others reached months ago, that it is unlikely that federal prosecutors would raid state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.
That doesn't mean federal agents won't pursue illegal marijuana operations, but they have much bigger operations to target in their war on drugs.Since he was a U.S. attorney in New Jersey for seven years, Christie should have known that all along, and not put up unnecessary stumbling blocks to thwart the new law.But now that the governor has given the green light, New Jersey should move quickly to implement prescription sales of medical marijuana.Delaware and other states that were hesitant to proceed with medical marijuana programs while awaiting similar assurances from the federal government should follow Christie's lead.New Jersey passed one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the country more than a year ago. Then-Gov. Jon Corzine signed the legislation as he was leaving office, but the law has been in limbo as lawmakers debated with the Christie administration over the regulations.The state has yet to create a registry of eligible patients. It needs to do that immediately. The state's delays to this point have frustrated seriously ill or dying patients waiting for relief.Researchers generally agree that marijuana can ease the pain of persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer or AIDS.Six nonprofit groups were given licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana, but none has been dispensed.The alternative-treatment centers are located in the more populated region of the state, between New York and Philadelphia. But none were approved for the Atlantic City area. State-registered patients from that end of New Jersey will have to travel at least an hour since the law prohibits home delivery.That seems like an unnecessary inconvenience for patients. After an initial trial run, the state should evaluate whether more centers are needed. After all, the main point of the law was to show more compassion to the seriously ill.Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)Published: July 23, 2011Copyright: 2011 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.URL: Inquirer.Letters phillynews.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on July 23, 2011 at 19:18:45 PT
Please someone from CNN do a show from Portugal interesting comment on Portugal 10 years of 
of decriminalization
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Comment #2 posted by museman on July 23, 2011 at 09:40:24 PT
who is the DEA?
Bunch of cops and second rate lawyers- so how do you spell STUPID? -its in the job description, intelligence doesn't work for the government -at least intelligent enough to know whats real, er I guess that's stupid too...LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on July 23, 2011 at 08:55:55 PT
The DEA is irreparably stupid!
They no longer care if they appear ridiculous. They do not care if they are scientifically incorrect. They are not concerned if they are opposed by 80% of their countrymen and most of the industrialized nations of the world. It matters not that the US fed holds patents on marijuana for medical treatment. They do not respond to calls for research.Thousands of years of medical history has no impact on their thinking.That cannabis is uncontrollable and cannot be harnessed or eradicated due to it's enormous popularity is of no matter to their efforts to rid the planet of it. Ron White said it best, "You can't fix stupid!"
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