Medical Marijuana Law Halted by New Jersey Governor

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, has decided to delay plans by the state to allow patients who are chronically-ill to be prescribed with medical marijuana.

New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize the use of marijuana in January, after former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine signed the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” on his last full day as governor. His successor, however, is delaying the roll out of the law, citing that he wants to be provided with assurance that state employees working in the program will not be prosecuted by the federal government, which considers all marijuana use – medical or otherwise – as illegal.

A feature Secaucus New Jersey News shared the following statement made by Gov. Christie, during an appearance on the “On the Line” call-in show: “The federal government is saying medical marijuana is against the law… Until I get that assurance, I cannot ask people to do things that they might get prosecuted by federal prosecutors.”

The feature shared further that New Jersey State Attorney General Paula Dow has been waiting for clarification from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whether those who will be working in supplying medical marijuana will be protected from federal prosecution. There are other states, which have legalized medical marijuana, that have sent similar inquiries regarding the application of medical marijuana law to the office of the U.S. Attorney General.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, one of the sponsors of the medical marijuana law, expressed disappointment over the governor’s decision: “I thought the program was moving forward. It was the whole reason we compromised.”

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