Christie Approves MMJ Law for New Jersey
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Christie Approves MMJ Law for New Jersey
Posted by CN Staff on July 19, 2011 at 19:47:34 PT
By Reuters
Source: Reuters
New Jersey -- Doctors in New Jersey will be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana after Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday he will let new legislation originally signed by his predecessor be implemented.New Jersey will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing marijuana for medical use, although the New Jersey legislation is more restrictive than elsewhere.
Only patients in New Jersey suffering from specific ailments such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis can be prescribed medical marijuana, and then only after other treatments have failed.The law also is the first in the nation to prohibit patients from growing their own crop at home."This is one of those decisions that's not an easy one for me as governor," Christie said at a news conference in Trenton, N.J."I had to balance the benefit that will go to citizens in pain versus some potential risks to the folks that we're authorizing as dispensaries and to state employees," he said, referring to the possible risk of federal prosecution faced by dispensaries.In the end, Christie concluded that dispensaries operating within state law were unlikely to encounter problems with federal authorities."It's a risk worth taking in order to alleviate the pain that people are suffering here in the state," he said.Marijuana, derived from the cannabis plant, can help suppress pain and nausea in some patients, among other reported therapeutic benefits.The law was signed by Christie's predecessor, Jon Corzine, shortly before leaving office in January 2010. After Christie became governor, he delayed the law's implementation, saying it needed amending.Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Peter Bohan and Cynthia JohnstonSource: Reuters (Wire)Published: July 19, 2011Copyright: 2011 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on July 20, 2011 at 07:36:41 PT
this approach is always curious to me......
....."and then only after other treatments have failed."What other illnesses or treatments are there where you are forced by government to try all the known failed remedies before you are allowed the one that will work and is undoubtedly the safest?This is a boneheaded Some-Drug Warrior under pressure and grasping, afraid of losing support from the mainstream and from his extremist base.
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Comment #2 posted by NoCowLevel on July 20, 2011 at 03:09:22 PT
What a huge farce
""It's a risk worth taking in order to alleviate the pain that people are suffering here in the state," he said."If he wanted to help people he wouldn't have put such asinine restrictions on the program that only seem to make the program a complete failure.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on July 19, 2011 at 21:14:41 PT
Leonhart gasp audibly,
A pill makers CEO exclaimed, argue!Mark Souder is still irrelevant.Sanity returned from holiday.
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