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New Jersey: Health Officials To Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Trenton, NJ: The state Department of Health and Senior Services will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 6 to discuss proposed rules for New Jersey's nascent medical marijuana program. The hearing will take place between 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, First Floor Auditorium, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 South Warren Street (at Market Street), Trenton, New Jersey 08608.

In October, health officials released draft regulations regarding the implementation of the state's Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, which was signed into law in January. The proposed rules limit the manufacture of medical cannabis to two licensed facilities, restrict the percentage to THC that may be present in the plant to no more than ten percent, and limit the varieties of legally available cannabis to no more than three strains.

Critics of the regulations say that they are unduly restrictive and are "not consistent with the intent of the legislature."

Members of the New Jersey Assembly voted this week in favor of a concurrent resolution that seeks to force DHHS to revise their proposed regulations. However, the Senate has yet to vote on the issue.

The public has until January 14, 2011, to comment on the proposal. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing by regular mail to Ruth Charbonneau, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Commissioner, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, P O Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360. Written comments must be postmarked on or before January 14, 2011.

For more information please visit NORML New Jersey at: http://www.normlnj.org or the Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey at: http://www.cmmnj.org.