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New Jersey Governor OKs State Medical Marijuana Program


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has given approval to the state’s medical marijuana program. He says he believes the state’s narrowly focused program will not be subject to federal prosecution.

The state’s six approved medical marijuana dispensaries could be up and running by the end of 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal. The program serves patients with certain severe medical conditions, such as terminal cancer or multiple sclerosis. Patients can only receive a two-ounce supply every 30 days, and the active ingredient, THC, is limited to no more than 10 percent.

In June, Gov. Christie said he would not proceed until he was assured that the federal government would not prosecute people carrying out the program. At the end of June, the Justice Department issued a memo saying that law enforcement would not concentrate its enforcement efforts on small, narrowly focused state programs.

The New Jersey governor said while the memo did not directly address the state’s program, he believes the federal government was sending the state a signal.

4 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Dan
    Dan / July 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Here’s a link to the ONDCP 2011 National Drug Control Strategy recently released

    Marijuana is addressed specifically on pages 21 through 26. After addressing each argument of advocates for marijuana legalization, the ONDCP summarizes, “At a time when our efforts should be focused on reversing a troubling increase in drug use, legalization would only make matters worse by lowering the drug’s price, increasing its use, and creating billions of dollars in new social costs.” With respect to “medical” marijuana, the ONDCP concludes that ‎”confusing messages being conveyed by the entertainment industry, media, proponents of ‘medical’ marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana use is harmless and aim to establish commercial access to the drug. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction.”

  2. Amber / July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I’m not sure yet about how I feel about medical marijuana. However, the restrictions they want to place on it in this state make me lean towards it being ok. It is when policy is loosey goosey that I have a hard time agreeing with it.

  3. Steve Westen / July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Join Together Staff -

    Can you please explain where you read this…

    “At the end of June, the Justice Department issued a memo saying that law enforcement would not concentrate its enforcement efforts on small, narrowly focused state programs.”

    After reading the article that you linked too, all I can read and see is that the federal government will now be crackign down even harder and going after its own people, state employees, if they have any connection to medical cannabis. Along with the recent memo that the federal government will not lower cannabis’ scheduling status from a schedule 1 narotic that states it has no known medical benfits (which is beyond laughable that they even think this).

    Please show me what you read to come up with the quote above. And believe me, I would be ecstatic if what you said is actually true, but after reading… I just can’t see where you came up with that conclusion…

    Also if anyone else can shed light on this subject, I would love a link or document to look at…

  4. Avatar of Jim Paoni
    Jim Paoni / July 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Perhaps this link is for the memo you are asking about:, subject: Guidance Regarding the Ogden Memo in Jurisdictions Seeking to Authorize Marijuana for Medical Use

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