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Christie asked the federal government to issue New Jersey a freedom-from-prosecution guarantee on the medical marijuana issue. He’s using that as a reason to thwart the Legislature’s approval (and clearly, based on poll after poll, the public’s blessing) for a reasonable approach to regulating and selling marijuana to those with a physician-documented need for it.
If the U.S. Justice Department were coming down hard on California or Oregon or Delaware, suing them for violating federal law with their medical marijuana programs — all of which are much more liberal than New Jersey’s proposal — then Christie’s request for legal insulation would seem logical instead of cynical.
New Jersey already has one of the most conservative medical marijuana laws on the books with state approved strains and only a handful of state sanctioned dispensaries to obtain the medecine. The fear from federal prosecution while states like California, Oregon, and Colorado continue to operate unhindered with much more liberal laws is just irrational. Christie is simply playing politics and protecting his own federal interests and aspirations while sick patients continue to stand by and wait, hoping that cooler heads will ultimately prevail.
With the law already passed by the New Jersey legislature more than a year ago all that reamains is for the dispensing mechanism to be put in place which is expected this summer. Medicine can only be dispensed at one of the 6 state approved dispensaries referred to as Alternative Treatment Centers. Home grows, or even deliveries, are not permitted. This has caused some tension on both sides of the aisle with some advocating a change to allow delivery or personal cultivation and others continuing to fight the bill at its core and do away with it because of federal tensions. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is the regulating body who is still sorting out the dispensing rules and costs along with collecting pre-registrations from doctors who would like to make recommendations for patients. It’s been a long battle and one of the most restrictive laws to date but New Jersey should see medical marijuana sometime this summer.