Gov. Christie Commits to "Begin Work Immediately" on New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program

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For Immediate Release: July 19th, 2011Gov. Christie Commits to “Begin Work Immediately” on New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program
NJ joins VT and DE in implementing their medical marijuana distribution laws despite recent federal threatsTrenton, NJ — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a
press conference today to announce his plans to “begin work
immediately” on his state’s pending medical marijuana program.
“We’re moving forward with the program as it was set up,” said
Governor Christie with the expectation that licensed Alternative
Treatment Centers could be up and operating as early as the end of
2011. Governor Christie said he believed “the need to provide
compassionate pain relief to these citizens of our state outweighs
the risk we are taking in moving forward with the program.” Governor
Christie’s announcement comes in spite of threats from U.S.
Attorneys on the issue and a June 29th memorandum from Deputy
Attorney General James Cole.”If Governor Christie can implement his state’s medical marijuana
program in the face of recent attempts by the federal government to
intimidate public officials, then states like Arizona, Rhode Island
and Washington should be empowered to implement theirs as well,”
said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access
(ASA), the country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group.
Governors from the three states had indicated that they were
unwilling to implement distribution laws due to threats of criminal
prosecution by U.S. Attorneys.New Jersey’s law sets up a patient registry for the thousands of its
residents that benefit from the use of medical marijuana, but it
will also license six distribution centers scattered around the
state. Local and state medical marijuana production and distribution
laws in particular have come under scrutiny by the federal
government in the past few months, culminating with the Cole memo.
In April, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire gutted the
distribution licensing scheme and other provisions beneficial to
patients in a bill passed by the state legislature, allegedly
because of a letter she received from U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby.Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has filed suit against the federal
government seeking clarity on whether she can implement her state’s
medical marijuana initiative passed by voters last November.
“Governor Christie’s decision to move ahead with New Jersey’s
medical marijuana program should be a clarion call to other public
officials like Governor Brewer that the health and welfare of their
people are paramount,” continued Sherer. New Jersey now joins
Delaware and Vermont as states that have chosen to implement their
distribution licensing laws despite not-so-veiled threats by the
federal government.The announcement by Governor Christie came only two days after a New
York Times article critical of the failure by New Jersey to
implement a program that has gone unimplemented for nearly two
years. In his announcement, Governor Christie said he came to the
conclusion “reading both the letter from Deputy Attorney General
Cole and also reading remarks…from then-candidate Barack
Obama..and most importantly, the way we’ve set up the program…to
move forward as expeditiously as possible to implement the medical
marijuana program in New Jersey as outlined.”Further information:
Video of Governor Christie’s press conference:
New York Times article on New Jersey’s law:
DOJ Threat Letters:
June 29th Deputy AG Cole memo: # #

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