N.J. Medical Marijuana Advocates Vow Court Battle
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N.J. Medical Marijuana Advocates Vow Court Battle
Posted by CN Staff on June 04, 2010 at 15:33:22 PT
By Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau
Source: Star-Ledger
Trenton, NJ --  Legal and medical marijuana advocates say they are gearing up for a court fight if the Legislature relents and gives Gov. Chris Christie the potentially year-long delay he wants before making the drug legally available to chronically ill patients.The New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is "ready to fight the state of New Jersey,'' said Anne Davis, executive director and attorney from Brick. She spoke to a gathering of about 40 protesters and journalists outside the Statehouse today. "We will not accept any delay.''
The protesters demanded the governor meet the anticipated July deadline and announce rules outlining how the program will work.By October, the state Department of Health and Senior Services is expected to license an initial six alternative treatment centers from where the drug would be dispensed to registered patients.But Christie has twice sought a delay in launching the program, most recently asking for a January 2011 or July 2011 start-up. Health and Senior Services Commissioner Poonam Alaigh said last week her staff was still wrestling with the law's many complex challenges, such as how the plants will be grown and sold, and by whom, and how best to educate physicians and law enforcement officers. Patients who get a written recommendation from their treating physician, attesting they have one of the qualifying illnesses, would be protected from prosecution if they were found in possession of the drug. Snipped   Complete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author:  Susan K. Livio, Statehouse BureauPublished: June 4, 2010Copyright: 2010 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on June 06, 2010 at 11:36:15 PT
Brandon... yest they do read here.
I've read John English, among others, mentioning reading at Cannabisnews.Portland Drug Policy Examiner of them, used to, posted openly from time to time.They read at the Media Awareness Project, too. They want to know what's going on in the world of the news media, too. And yes they've mocked us, in the media and on their websites and in their newsletters. They've taken our words out of context and accused us of "conspiracy" to change their precious laws pertaining to cannabis. And at one time, were looking feverishly for ways to prosecute us for speaking out against their beloved prohibition and all it's collateral damage and unintended consequences.The free speech thing kind of slowed them down in that.
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Comment #9 posted by rchandar on June 06, 2010 at 10:30:50 PT:
Yes, there are.Something as controversial and routinely questioned as pot legalization, I can be pretty sure someone reads these with the intention of slandering what we're saying and possibly aiding a criminal investigation to bring these druggies to justice. It isn't very hard, and you'd only need to look up the names a few times and figure out the who's who. But they shoot themselves in the foot, because almost all of them think we are stupid people and that our opinions could never mean anything--it's dope fantasization, we're idiots who actually think that democracy exists anymore. After a while you will see their kind of "posting"--on weblogs, on, on Facebook, and on the television. Keeping pot illegal and keeping liberalism a joke is a multibillion-dollar industry, and only a few prohib suckers are needed to keep the whole thing going.--rchandar
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Comment #8 posted by Richard Zuckerman on June 06, 2010 at 10:06:16 PT:
Are any of you folks New Jersey residents?
I am a New Jersey resident. New Jersey has among the worst economy in this country, from what I've heard. Governor Christie has our State economy to worry about. This medical Marijuana law is a distraction. I am not familiar with the estimated cost of the State's medical "Marijuana" law's implementation, though. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 05, 2010 at 15:03:48 PT
Storm Crow
Thank you. That makes sense. Yes I do believe we have people watching CNews that don't want change to happen and some in the past that could have posted here just to stir trouble.
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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on June 05, 2010 at 14:02:01 PT
FoM, I think he means, 
Are there cops and prohibitionists who will check out CNews to see if they can use it to their advantage? To see if they can find any weakness or flaw in the truths we speak....Brandon, I'm not too worried about it even if they do look in on CNews. All we are doing is speaking the truth and reporting the facts! If the truth won't do, then something is wrong! (Grandpa sure had that right!) Cannabis prohibition is just plain wrong on so many levels! CNews is one of the cures for what is "wrong"! And we ARE winning!  
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 05, 2010 at 04:14:10 PT
I'm sorry I don't quite understand your question. If you mean do we have people that don't want change to happen I think that has happened.
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Comment #4 posted by Brandon Perera on June 05, 2010 at 01:37:10 PT:
Is there really enemies that use this website to there advantage would you think?
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 04, 2010 at 17:31:48 PT
My heart sunk when Christie won. I knew because he's a Republican what he would attempt to do. They are against reforming the laws on marijuana. It's just so obvious to almost everyone anymore.
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on June 04, 2010 at 17:06:02 PT:
"Governor" Christie
So, it would appear that Gov. Christie wants to delay the implementation of the new law. What do you expect? He's a Republican! The people that voted for him generally are against Pot decriminalization.
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Comment #1 posted by Brandon Perera on June 04, 2010 at 16:50:22 PT:
city, state
Why doesnt each city work with eachother inside of the state and other states work with eachother. Each city has to get it legalized is wat it sounds like and is not correct on how the system is. Constitution is broke so political figures corrupt!
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