Sunday, June 20, 2010

Governor's big medical marijuana concept is unworkable

Governor's big medical marijuana concept is unworkable

By Chris Goldstein 6/19/2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and DHSS Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh have all kinds of ideas about medical marijuana. Proposed amendments, looking to be passed as last-minute legislation next week, would completely re-invent New Jersey’s medical cannabis program to their design.

Governor Christie’s administration has kept a closed-door on recent discussions to alter The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. The bill took five years to pass and resulted in the nation’s strictest language for legal therapeutic cannabis use.

Potential patients, advocates and the public have been left out of plans to make changes to the hard-won law. The result is a set of proposals that would effectively doom the program to fail, before it goes into effect.

Once again ill patients could be left with only the underground market for access to cannabis for therapeutic use.


More about medical marijuana in New Jersey at

Read the full text of NJ's medical marijuana law

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