weed N.J. Inches Closer To Growing Medical Marijuana

Marijuana plant. (CBS)

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is getting closer to going into the medical marijuana business.

A key state senator says he now supports the idea of having the state’s supply of medical marijuana initially grown by Rutgers University.

Democrat Nicholas Scutari says he is now working with the administration of Gov. Chris Christie to modify a law to put the novel system in place.

In January, lawmakers approved making New Jersey the 14th state to allow medical marijuana. But the program has not been implemented.

Scutari initially had reservations about the administration’s plan to have Rutgers grow the medicinal pot and the state’s teaching hospitals distribute it to qualified patients.

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