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New Jersey: Governor Calls For Delay In Implementing Medical Marijuana Law

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Trenton, NJ: Republican Gov. Chris Christie has called on lawmakers to delay the enactment of The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Act, which was signed in to law in January by former governor Jon Corzine. The law, which authorizes patients with a physician's recommendation to possess and obtain medical cannabis from state-licensed "alternative treatment centers" (aka dispensaries) was scheduled to take effect in July.

At Christie's behest, lawmakers have introduced legislation to postpone the implementation of the new law by 90 days. Christie has also called for amending the law by limiting the production of medical cannabis to a single supply source, Rutgers University, and by restricting the drug's distribution to authorized hospitals.

Legislators are expected to decide imminently on whether to approve or reject the proposed delay.

NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said: "Gov. Christie's proposed amendments are unduly burdensome and unnecessary. Seriously ill patients in New Jersey have waited long enough for legislative relief. It is time to implement the will of the people and protect New Jersey patients – without any more delays."

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or NORML New Jersey at: http://www.normlnj.org.