In a surprisingly positive development on Tuesday, New Jersey Republican Governor, Chris Christie, said he would allow implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law to begin. From NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday said he will order state officials to quickly implement New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, a move growers say could allow the drug to be sold to chronically ill patients by the end of the year.
Christie said the state health department should “move forward as expeditiously as possible,” lifting a three-month hold he imposed while waiting for federal law enforcement officials to tell him whether state workers or private growers would be vulnerable to arrest.
Gov. Christie hasn’t been supportive of the medical marijuana law that former Gov. Jon Corzine signed on his last day in office.
The Christie administration placed many unnecessarily restricting regulations on the program, and put implementing the law on hold in response to an anti-medical marijuana memo from President Obama’s justice department. There was some legitimate fear at the time, that Christie would use that memo to justify putting the medical marijuana law on hold indefinitely, but thankfully the program is being allowed to move forward.
While Christie’s unnecessary heavy handed restrictions are still in place making the program far from perfect, at least some suffering patients in New Jersey may soon start getting the help they deserve.