NJ Marijuana Law Update: Medical Marijuana Patients May Have to Wait
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/30/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws
by Evan Nison
Evan is a Director of NY Patients Fist, the Ballot Initiative Coordinator for NORML-NJ, President of Ithaca College’s chapter of SSDP, and a member of the Volunteer Steering Committee for the California Tax and Regulate Campaign.
Back in January, New Jersey passed a medical marijuana bill that would allow sick people to use medical cannabis by registering with the state and obtaining a medical marijuana card. But last week, Governor Christie said the state is nowhere near ready to implement the law and needs another 6-12 months to sort it out.
This is disappointing to say the least, especially since it’s been 5 months since the NJ bill became law and regulations still haven’t been drafted. And as you may know, the bill was supposed to have taken effect in less than two months from now. In order for Governor Christie to delay the implementation of the law legally, the legislature will have to approve the delay.
Part of the reason this law may be taking so long to implement is because it was passed the day before Christie took office. Although many are accusing him for delaying it for political reasons, he actually is in support of the law, which is a change of attitude from his stance on the bill during his campaign. The Department of Health and Human Services even called the medical marijuana program a “top priority” this week. But in the meantime, sick patients may have to wait even longer to get medical marijuana. The good news is that you can help.
Although many of you may not be from New Jersey, you can contact Governor Christie to tell him not to delay the implementation of this law any longer. You can call his office at 609-292-6000 or send an online message to his office here. Let him know the whole country is watching and sick patients in his state are waiting.