New Jersey Patients Will Have To Wait — Lawmakers Delay Implementation Of Medical Marijuana Law

State lawmakers voted yesterday in favor of legislation to delay the implementation of the New Jersey Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, which was slated to go into effect later this week.

As amended, the measure will not become law until October 2010. The act, which authorizes the state Department of Health to establish regulations for the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis to authorized patients, is not anticipated to be up and running until some time in 2011.

According to the Associated Press report, “The delay allows health officials to write regulations. It also may give politicians time to consider a different model for the program.” Republican Gov. Chris Christie requested lawmakers postpone implementing the law, which was signed in January by his predecessor, Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine.

Governor Christie has also suggested that lawmakers consider amending the law by limiting the production of medical cannabis to a single supply source, Rutgers University, and by restricting the drug’s distribution to authorized hospitals.

NORML and other allied patient groups strongly oppose these amendments, which if enacted, would make New Jersey’s law totally unworkable for patients.

If you reside in the Garden State, please consider visiting NORML’s ‘Take Action’ page here to contact your state lawmakers and urge them to reject any further amendments or delays to the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

For more information please visit NORML NJ or the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey.

32 thoughts

  1. It is inhumane and Unconstitutional to deprive people of treatment that works for them. If medical cannabis implementation is to complicated for New Jersey state government, simply leave it to physicians, patients and providers. I bet they could figure it out in a New York minute.

  2. It’s all about making money off pot smokers
    It’s all about controlling pot smokers
    it’s all about everything but the pain and death endured by patients. Cruelty beyond belief here folks but pot smokers will not back down now or anytime in the future. Victory is sweetest when laws have been earned and this is going to be the sweetest of all States.

    New Jersey we love you, your freedom fight is amazing.

  3. dont smoke things it will decrease penis size…if you are consuming marijuana eat it or use it as an oil….you can thank me later true fact…..smoking anything will damage blood vessels

  4. I propose that we have only one manufacturer for beer, wine, liquor or tobacco in each state. These products must be manufactured by each state university and distributed to the hospitals. LOL

    New Jersey, unfortunately for the sick and dying patients is the laughing stock of medical marijuana. First of all it is a very restrictive law and leaves out many medical conditions. At this point, the patients should just grow their own and not pay any taxes to these bozo clown legislators.

  5. Told everyone that Christie was going to make a loop hole.

    Fuckin New Jersey is so dumb they might actually let him go through with this.

    Now we’re just known for Jersey Short and a obese governor with an extremely tight ass when it comes to smoking a little pot.

    Chris Christie. GO FUCK YOURSELF. Keep patients OFF death beds, not on.

  6. Hang in there New Jersey. John Hancock had to overcome and wait out the British. All you have to do it wait out your elected officials! NO MOUNTIAN FOR A CLIMBER.

    I am with you.

  7. This has gone to far. It’s time to take a stand.

    I propose an national act of civil disobedience that will cripple prohibition and force these out-of-touch politicians to either bend to our will or face the consequences.

    This 4th of July, every toker in America should blaze up in public. The cost to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate every one of us would be ENORMOUS and place these out-of-touch with reality laws under intense scrutiny by the taxpayers. Peacefully, mind you – there’s no reason for anyone to be physically harmed, but make sure to have your cell-phone cameras at the ready to document any jack-booted thugs acting inappropriately.

    It’s high time for us to be truly heard, folks. Who’s with me?

  8. New Jersey, you lose.

    Get rid of this Chris Christie, and start anew.

    Your window has closed.

  9. To 3. always something… re: smoking pot will decrease penus size.
    Thanks for the info as there are several women who would likely appreciate the relief. Sorry to hear about your problem.

  10. Is anyone surprised that it is a Republican blocking the measure?
    Even though they CLAIM they want “LESS GOVERNMENT!!!” in practice, they want government control over everything…

  11. Someone should tell Smokey Joe this is not 1776. Americans today wouldn’t do anything so brave.

  12. Well isn’t that ironic, the Republican governor is acting like a drug addict by pulling a “crackhead move” by trying to flip the script on the medical Marijuana law

  13. this is what happens when Dems sign something as they leave office. thanks for nothing corzine.

  14. cristie needs to take that weed enima out of his ass before he will ever have a chance at understanding-THE GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR US!!!!!!!!!!! WE OWN THEM!!! FUCK CHRISTIE!!

    lEGALIZE IT!!!

  15. I completely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing. All the legislators and politicians of our day are just a victim of the DARE program that the police force put together to intimidate and scare children into not doing drugs by presenting them with “facts” about the drugs.

    It’s been quite a few years since my DARE days, but I do seem to recall a particular emphasis on Cannabis as being this horrible, terrible drug. They even brought it “joints”, and a “cannabis pill” to burn to show us what it would smell like.

    It’s all propaganda to keep making money off of “the war on drugs”. As long as they have a “good reason” to keep collecting billions of dollars a year to fight all the violent, angry, thieving pot smokers out there (/sarcasm), they’re not going to legalize it. There are far too many big businesses that stand to lose a HELL of a lot of money from it’s legalization. That, and America isn’t exactly known for it’s understanding, tolerance, and intelligence.

  16. @Theo

    Rise up, my fellow tokers – the time is at hand (to grow a pair already!) =)


    The part that the LAW applies to EVERYONE!

  17. Just take us off the map. We don’t deserve to have a medical marijuana icon on the marijuana map.

    I’ve lived in NJ all my life, and to be honest. I’m not surprised.

    After traveling and having people say “Oh.. Your from.. Jersey..” Starts to make a whole lot of sense with this especially.

    Other than being the grease pit that spawned jersey shore, we’re the fucking morons that can’t even elect someone that agrees with our morals. ALL of christie’s morals were a downfall in the election, yet people voted for money.

    If god forbid, I’m ever in trouble. I will have to just leave the state because that judge wouldn’t be to happy to hear, “Yeah originally under the PASSED bill I was covered but now I need to be on my death bed.”

    4 going on 5 years that I’ve been in pain every single morning I wake up. Christie burn in hell like the “compassionate christian” you claimed to be. Don’t ever mention god again you fuck, you don’t deserve to you fat pig.

  18. Lol at all the people blaming Gov Christie for this.

    Maybe you didn’t notice but NJ has a democratic legislature. The guy who submitted the bill in the Senate which was passed by both houses was the same democrat who submitted the original Medical Marijuana bill.

  19. To Smokey Joe… Canna Commander and The CannaBuddies are with you. Let’s have this 4th go out with a BONG!

  20. This isn’t right , I live in Michigan and I am waiting on my Medical Card still.. I submitted my forms and 100 dollars in money order form and sent it certified mail on April 23rd and they received it April 25th but they have it stamped on April 20th.. I wonder what they are doing? but here it is almost 3 months later and I still haven’t received my medical card but they have my money.. Oh they are also suppose to let you know if you are declined or approved in 15 day’s of Receiving the form and money order… They didnt’ do that as well. The People have spoken and if they said yes to Medical Marijuana you should be able to have it, whether you choose to grow it or you should have the opportunity to have Dispenceries..

  21. Is there any effort to make the jobs of these elected officials ‘less secure’. Even here in California, no particular politician seems to get attacked. If only some elected officials found their tenure threatoned, I believe marijuana decriminalization, medical and otherwise-would rapidly advance.

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  23. Yeah Govener Christie smart idea by limiting the production of medical cannabis to a single supply source, Rutgers University, and by restricting the drug’s distribution to authorized hospitals.

    Way to help create jobs and boost the economy!!!

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