Christie: Dispensary Boss Should Stop Complaining
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Christie: Dispensary Boss Should Stop Complaining
Posted by CN Staff on April 17, 2012 at 13:38:59 PT
By Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger
Source: Star-Ledger 
Montclair -- Gov. Chris Christie today said the top boss of the Montclair-based medical marijuana dispensary “should stop complaining and get back to work.” Christie’s comments were directed at Joe Stevens, the CEO of Greenleaf Compassion Center, which Monday became New Jersey’s first medical marijuana center to receive a permit to grow the crop.By accusing Greenleaf of foot-dragging, the governor was in a sense turning the tables on the marijuana center. Christie and his administration have been heavily criticized for long delaying the launch of the medical marijuana program.
Reacting to news of the preliminary permit, Stevens said Monday he was unsure if Greenleaf would immediately proceed with growing. Lingering doubts about the program’s future, Stevens said, made him hesitant to plant without any guarantee of when the patients would receive access to the program.“He knows what the requirements are,” said Christie, who held a news conference today in Bedminster. “He hasn’t met all the requirements yet. So, you know, I’m not going to get in a tit for tat with him about what he hasn’t done.”In late March, Stevens wrote a letter to Christie and health department officials, claiming the administration had attempted to sabotage the program. Reached by phone this afternoon, Stevens declined comment until he had the opportunity to review Christie’s remarks. Christie says he can't force municipalities to take medical marijuana treatment facilitiesIn a live interview with Steve Adubato, Gov. Chris Christie said that hold up on medical marijuana treatment centers are not a state issue. The local municipalities keep turning them away so the facilities can't be established and that is what is causing the delay in implementing the medical marijuana law in New Jersey.Watch video “We’re making progress. But I’m not going to compromise the safety and the security of this program,” Christie said. “This bill was passed with no type of allowances for that type of safety and security. And Commissioner O’Dowd and I had this dumped in our laps by the last administration at 3 o'clock in the morning when Governor [Jon] Corzine signed it, and we’re not going to permit a program like this to be started unless that the appropriate safeguards are available.” SnippedComplete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author: Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger Published: April 17, 2012Copyright: 2012 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Oleg the Tumor on April 18, 2012 at 14:23:22 PT:
Commissar Christie to N. J. Politburo:
Comrades! Party Faithful! Gather 'round! We have a new five-year plan! First, we wait five years.
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Comment #4 posted by Richard Zuckerman on April 18, 2012 at 13:27:46 PT:
Christie's a former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey:
Usually, former prosecutors will support law enforcement and the status quo law. I said usually. I am told the Marijuana legalization Initiative in the State of Washington is supported by former U.S. Attorney and F.B.I. Field Office Chief. This may be one of the rare exceptions. A Bill to decriminalize up to 15 grams of Marijuana is pending in New Jersey, sponsored by N.J. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, but it apparently was referred to the the Assembly Judiciary Committee and has not gone anywhere. A bill for Hemp license is pending in the N.J. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the first of its kind in N.J., and I wrote to the sponsor Assemblywoman Connie Wagner informing her she must contact the Chairman of same Committee and ask that the Bill be scheduled for a debate and vote, but her office staff tells me that although they have received my letter she is unavailable for a time. There is Assembly Resolution 54 sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, but this apparently has not gone anywhere. Instead, the New Jersey legislature apparently would rather pass silly Resolutions commemorating Mother's Day or some other irrelevant matter. There is a Bill for farmers to sell raw milk from their farm, which has passed out of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and is now on the desk of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and the next time the full State Assembly meets as a Quorum is scheduled for May 21, 2012, and I have contacted her office asking that she put it up for a "second reading" in the full State Assembly, so we don't have the problem we had last State legislative year: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver put the raw milk Bill up for a debate so late in the year that by the time it was voted out of the Assembly and into the State Senate, the State Senate did not have time to get it voted on in a State Committee. The raw milk Bill had to be re-submitted in this State legislative year, and I made sure to get on the legislators to get the raw milk Bill for a debate and vote in the Agriculture committee to try to get it to a vote in the full State Assembly PROMPTLY!! I've lost my patience with the N.J. legislature (and the federal legislators ostensibly representing New Jersey)! I have been seriously planning to move to Colorado in the beginning of June 2012 to vote for Marijuana legalization Initiative(s). I'm hoping the Initiative obtains enough signatures. I am also hoping the other Initiative petition collects enough signatures, which would prevent a judge from SENTENCING somebody charged with Marijuana law violation. I am told that the one Initiative that is already on the Election Ballot in Colorado is from big-money-interests. I'd rather the other two Initiative petitions collect enough signatures! has an article about the scope of the interstate commerce clause which everybody should read and understand. Most people who read same article would c onclude the interstate commerce clause of the federal constitution was never intended to allow the federal government to intrude into the affairs of the States' medical Marijuana dispensaries, raw milk farmers, and firearms possession,!! I hope the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the scope of the interstate commerce clause in the Obamacare health care legislation decision, optimally to overrule the Wickard court decision handed down in the 1940s, hopefully to stop the federal government from intruding in States' affairs to allow the States to regulate intrastate and local commerce!!
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on April 18, 2012 at 08:23:03 PT
Christie - ironic
Stalls NJ's mmj program for 2+ YEARS, and then, attacks the first & only approved dispensary owner after ONE DAY!
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on April 18, 2012 at 07:47:11 PT
And given Christie's obvious lack of commitment, why would any company continue sinking money into a program that Christie has failed to establish and by all indications may never implement?That's what politicians are most adept at, turning criticism due them, against others instead.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 17, 2012 at 20:36:07 PT
Reminds me of Soviets
So New Jersey has 9 million people, Christie has allowed only ONE of them to provide medical cannabis, now he's scolding the guy for not moving fast enough?This must have been what it was like under Stalin.
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