Friday, June 4, 2010

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Jersey's New Medical Marijuana Law Still Hazy

By BRIAN THOMPSON
So far it's pass, pass, puff.

New Jersey's "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" was signed into law back in January, but cannot take effect until the Department of Health and Senior Services actually draws up the rules and regulations that will run the program.

And Governor Chris Christie's recent request to the Legislature for a six month to one year delay is not going over well with patients and advocates who helped shape the bill.

"We expect the law to be followed we expect the time line to be followed," said advocate Chris Goldstein, of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana -- New Jersey.

The original time line would have the proposed rules drawn up by August 1st, and patients lighting up by this Fall.

But that's not enough time for the Christie Administration.

"We are now going to become a distributor of a controlled substance," said Christie's Press Secretary Mike Drewniak in explaining why the Governor, who supports the law, wants more time.



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