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New Jersey: Gov. Christie Says Medical Marijuana 'A Front For Legalization'


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

If there was any doubt in anyone's mind about just how ignorant New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is when it comes to medicinal cannabis, the big guy has put those doubts to rest. Following reports that patient enrollment in the state's medical marijuana program is low (due largely to his own foot-dragging and ineffective implementation), Christie called the New Jersey program and others like it across the nation "a front for legalization."

The New Jersey Legislature passed the state's medical marijuana law back in 2009, and former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, signed it just before he left office. The Christie Administration, since then, has been notably slow in implementing the program; the first dispensary didn't open until December 2012, reports Brent Johnson at The Star-Ledger.

Only 2,342 patients have signed up for New Jersey's medical marijuana program, after initial predictions had estimated tens of thousands of patients might be helped. Last week, the president and CEO of Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc., in Egg Harbor -- one of only three operational dispensaries in the state -- announced he is quitting because, he said, he couldn't keep working for no pay.

New Jersey: N.J. Weedman Publishes Legal Motion To Help People Busted For Pot Possession

(Photo: Martin Griff/The Times)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Longtime cannabis advocate Ed Forchion, the N.J. Weedman, has turned his attention to the marijuana laws themselves. Forchion, a Pembertown Township resident, has posted a 12-page legal motion online which he said can be used by anyone arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey.

"I'm tired of being a one-man gang," Forchion said, reports Mike Davis at The Times of Trenton, N.J. "I've been arguing these arguments for years. I'm just putting it out there. I don't care who does it, but let's get it done."

Forchion filed the brief in response to his most recent bust, after two Evesham, N.J., police officers found two joints on him after a vehicle stop on April 15.

"It's just like taking aspirin or Motrin," Forchion said. "I've got three joints with me right now. This could happen to me every day. I just about always have something on me."

Forchion argues that his arrest -- and all cannabis arrests since January 18, 2010 -- should be declared null and void.

That's because former N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine on that date signed the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act into law. The Act allows patients with specific serious illnesses to register with the state, and to buy cannabis from one of six allowed dispensaries (only one of which is open so far).

New Jersey: Gov. Corzine Signs Medical Marijuana Law

By WNYC Newsroom

New Jersey: Gov Corzine Signs Medical Marijuana LawNew Jersey has become the 14th state - and the first in the region - to allow medical marijuana.

A law granting chronically ill patients legal access to marijuana was one of over 50 bills Governor Corzine signed on his last full day in office. Governor-elect Chris Christie will be sworn in at noon today.

The legislation allows for dispensaries to be set up around the state where patients with prescriptions can access the drug. Growing marijuana at home will remain illegal, as will driving while high.

Assembly sponsor Reed Gusciora says New Jersey's medical marijuana law is the strictest in the country and will serve as a model for other states.

Related: N.J. Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

New Jersey Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill


New Jersey: Vote Backs Marijuana for Severely Ill

By David Kocieniewski, The New York Times
Photo by Damon Winter, The New York Times

New Jersey: Vote Backs Marijuana for Severely Ill TRENTON — The New Jersey Legislature approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the 14th in the nation, but one of the few on the East Coast, to legalize the use of marijuana to help patients with chronic illnesses.

The measure — which would allow patients diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis to have access to marijuana grown and distributed through state-monitored dispensaries — was passed by the General Assembly and State Senate on the final day of the legislative session.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign it into law before leaving office next Tuesday. Supporters said that within nine months, patients with a prescription for marijuana from their doctors should be able to obtain it at one of six locations.

New Jersey: Likely Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

By Suzanne Sataline, Wall Street Journal

There is a truth that must be heard! New Jersey is poised to become the next state to allow residents to use marijuana, when recommended by a doctor, for relief from serious diseases and medical conditions.

The state Senate has approved the bill and the state Assembly is expected to follow. The legislation would then head to the governor's office for his signature.

Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democrat who lost his re-election bid this month, has indicated he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk before he leaves office in January. It would likely be one of Mr. Corzine's last acts before relinquishing the job to Republican Chris Christie.

Mr. Christie has indicated he would be supportive of such legislation, but had concerns that one draft of a bill he read didn't have enough restrictions, a spokeswoman said.

The bill has been endorsed by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Some lawmakers oppose the legislation, saying they fear the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, as in California, where medical marijuana is legal. "It sends a mixed message to our children if you can walk down the street and see pot shops," said Republican Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini.

New Jersey: Gubernatorial Candidates Address Social Issues, Including Medical Marijuana, Gay Marriage

By Mary Fuchs/Statehouse Bureau
Photo by Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

There is a truth that must be heard! Some of the most contentious social issues in this gubernatorial race -- including medical marijuana and gay marriage -- are also the subject of bills that could become law before the next governor shows up for the job.

Gubernatorial candidates Chris Christie, Jon Corzine and Chris Daggett have not always made their positions clear on those topics or how strenuously they would push for such legislation, even in their first debate.

Here are the candidates’ responses to our questions on the current state and potential future of medical marijuana, gay marriage, abortion and violent crime in New Jersey.

There is a truth that must be heard!
Republican Chris Christie, Independent Chris Daggett and Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine prepare to face off in the first gubernatorial debate at NJN Studios in Trenton.

Q: Where do you stand on the current New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, under which licensed "alternative-treatment centers" would produce the drug for residents with specific diseases?

New Jersey: Gov Says He'd Sign Medical Marijuana Law

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine says he'll "absolutely" sign a medical marijuana bill for chronically and terminally ill patients if it gets to his desk.

Corzine, a Democrat running for re-election, made the comments Wednesday morning on WNYC radio's "Brian Lehrer Show."

He told Lehrer the law could be structured so patients are comfortable and there are safeguards against abuses.

The Senate approved the bill Monday. It faces an uncertain fate in the Assembly.

Thirteen states have medical marijuana laws on the books. All but four came about because of voter referendums. In New Jersey, the Legislature must change the law.


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