N.J. Senate Rejects Gov. Christie's Proposed Rules
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N.J. Senate Rejects Gov. Christie's Proposed Rules
Posted by CN Staff on December 13, 2010 at 14:39:53 PT
By Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau
Source: Star-Ledger
Trenton --  The state Senate today voted to reject Gov. Chris Christie's proposed rules for the state stalled medical marijuana program that Democratic lawmakers and patient advocates have described as "unworkable.''The Senate voted 22-16 to oppose the rules, in defiance of an agreement Christie reached Dec. 3 with the Assembly sponsor of the law that softened some of the governor's positions on how many growers and sellers should be licensed, and what doctors must do before they recommend patients use the drug to alleviate their suffering.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), who sponsored the law and the resolution rejecting the program's rules, acknowledged he did not know when patients will be able to legally obtain marijuana. Seeking a repeal "will certainly mean a delay, but it’s a delay of a program that won’t work,’’ Scutari said.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), the Assembly sponsor of the medical marijuana law, and the governor announced an agreement that would allow six dispensaries or "alternative treatment centers’’ to grow and sell the drug to approved patients, as the law specifies. In October, Christie proposed allowing only four outlets to sell the pot, grown by with two marijuana farmers, with the option of the four sellers each opening an additional outlet after a year.Christie also agreed to comply with the law requiring that only doctors treating patients with seizure disorders, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity or glaucoma need to attest in writing that all conventional methods of treatment had failed before recommending the drug. Christie’s Health Commissioner Poonam Alaigh wanted to apply the same standard to all patients, including people with cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease and AIDS."When I speak to lobbyists and advocates and fellow senators, they seem fairly convinced the so-called compromise Christie is putting forward is no compromise. Snipped   Complete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author:  Susan K. Livio, Statehouse BureauPublished: December 13, 2010Copyright: 2010 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by sandybeach on December 14, 2010 at 05:28:53 PT
black mailed or bribed by any opposition ???
I guess if he doesn't rewrite the rules so they are acceptable and fair,by the beginning of next month then He should be called up for review,and investigated, to see if he is being black mailed or bribed by any opposition who wishes to prevent this program from being implemented.
How inhumane is it to prolong the suffering of sick people so you can have your way?Use a set of guide lines that have already been implemented and are in use.There are 14 other states who have already done this.  
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Comment #1 posted by sandybeach on December 13, 2010 at 17:06:57 PT
use Arizona's rules 
I agree ,He is clearly making it very difficult for the program to work.He seems so afraid that some one might smoke cannabis who isn't aloud to,when the truth is and no disrespect intended but I think people are going to smoke it rather they are aloud to or not.So making medical patients suffer or not has little to do with those who are probably going to smoke it one way or another no mater what he does.So he may as well eliminate this as an excuse and use the same rules as were used in Arizona.Full legalization is eminent. 
Give cannabis back to the people. 
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