TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s medical marijuana advocates are working on pushing the state government to implement the new state law to legalize cannabis for people suffering from certain conditions.

About 70 activists gathered Saturday in Trenton to discuss how to get the regulations in place so patients can have access to marijuana.

The law adopted in January called for regulations drafted by June, but the deadline was pushed back to October.

A Health Department spokeswoman says the state is developing a system for patients to register and working on other details.

Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey, says he’s hopeful patients will have legal access by the spring of 2011.

Governor Christie supported Rutgers University becoming the lone grower of the state’s medical marijuana crop, and was disappointed the school declined the request.

Rutgers said  marijuana’s status as an illegal drug would jeopardize federal funding to the school.

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