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Christie Seeks Delay for NJ's New Medical Marijuana Law

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
The Christie administration is seeking a delay in implementation of a new law allowing for the distribution of medical marijuana in New Jersey.

A spokesman for the governor says the requested hold of six to 12 months -- which would require legislative approval -- is meant to ensure that proper rules and safeguards are in place.

But proponents of the original legislation are skeptical. Chris Goldstein is with the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey:

"The legislature considered the bill for five years, went through it with a fine tooth comb, and came to a broad, bipartisan agreement when it was voted into law this year."

The sponsor of that legislation is said to be considering Christie’s request, but aides suggest he’ll decline to delay the law, which is set to take effect in July.

Goldstein predicts that, barring a delay, several thousand people will have access to prescriptions for marijuana -- doled out under state control -- by sometime this fall:

"Terminal patients, especially, in the state who are looking forward to finding relief from cannabis therapy, couldn’t wait another year. Many would die if that delay were put in place."

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