Make Compassion Part of Medical Marijuana Law
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Make Compassion Part of Medical Marijuana Law
Posted by CN Staff on January 23, 2011 at 06:29:21 PT
By Bob Ingle
Source: Asbury Park Press
Trenton -- The sausage grinder here turning out laws moves slowly by design and in most cases serves the public well for it, but not in the case of New Jersey's attempt to bring medical marijuana to the ill and dying.Gov. Christie had concerns about making available a substance that is illegal under federal law and wanted to make sure New Jersey didn't create an abusive atmosphere, like in California and elsewhere, where people with ingrown toe nails get pot.
The governor wanted Rutgers to handle the weed-growing, but the university pointed out if it did it could lose federal grants. Christie wanted only two places to grow it and four to distribute it, despite the law's calling for more of each. The administration also wanted levels of the active ingredient, THC, limited to 10 percent max. No other state does that.Lawmakers were not amused, but each house handled it differently.Sen. Nick Scutari, D-Union, a long time medical pot advocate, and his Senate pals told the administration via resolution that Christie's regulations weren't in keeping with what the Legislature wanted. It gave the front office 30 days to amend or withdraw the regulations. That was ignored.The Assembly had gone down the same path, but then Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, talked to the administration about making changes. They struck a deal. The number of places to grow and distribute was upped to six. The changes, he said, "are not perfect, but it's a starting point. I believe half a loaf is better than no loaf."The Senate health committee held a hearing Thursday that could force the administration to go back to square one and start over. Each legislator gets a transcript, and after 20 days a second resolution can be adopted nullifying the regulations in part or whole. The Assembly would have to go along with the Senate or stick with Gusciora. If it sticks with Gusciora, the Senate move is a dead duck. Nullification has never gone all the way. Snipped   Complete Article: Asbury Park Press (NJ)Author: Bob InglePublished: January 23, 2011Copyright: 2011 Asbury Park PressContact: yourviews app.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on January 23, 2011 at 08:15:40 PT
Good going Howard February Reason magazine which has Misty and me as the centerfold. 
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