Christie Strikes Deal On Medical Marijuana

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eased his stance on proposed medical marijuana regulations after signing a deal on Friday paving the way for the drug to be available by next summer.

“We’re affording people a greater chance of receiving the care that they need in their time of pain,” Christie said.

Potency regulations will remain in place, but the deal makes it easier for terminally ill patients to get medical marijuana, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports.

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Christie said the legislature will keep a close eye on the program to make sure it is not being abused.

“The THC requirements are going to be monitored by the department and the legislature over the next two years to make sure the program is going to be as effective as it can be for those who are in need of this treatment,” Christie said.

The deal was a good faith compromise, Christie said, “on a responsible medically based program” that will allow six dispensaries to be started—two in the South, two in Central Jersey and two in the North.

The bill’s main sponsor, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, said it’s about time to sign legislation that benefits the patient.

“We’re now moving forward with the appropriate regulations, which keep the patient’s needs first,” Gusciora said.

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  • Andre

    @hbf – Look at “Urgent Care” centers. They are 7-11’s for painkiller addicts. Watch the show “Vanguard”, the episode about oxycontin addiction. Very scary, and very legal. $20 will buy you enough alcohol or painkiller’s to overdose and die. I’d rather deal with a “pothead” than a drunk or a pillhead.

  • Andre


    How about people getting high on xanax, atavan, oxycontin, alcohol, and nicotine? Why is that okay? Please explain yourself to someone with severe medical conditions why YOU should be allowed to decide what medications they take. We are all waiting.

  • Jack Bluff

    Gov. Christie is a loud mouth doofus. This guy parades around claiming to be a Conservative, yet he is a Republican. There is a difference. Marijuana Prohibition endorses BIG GOVERNMENT telling free Americans what they can and cannot put in their bodies. Big Government thinks it needs to protect Americans from themselves! That’s not what our founding fathers believed. CONSERVATIVE AMERICA needs to step up to the plate and stop letting the Republican ignoramuses make a mockery of our beliefs. We need to get this guy out of power and vote someone in who actually believes in the Constitution.

    • Andre

      @Jack Bluff

      Republicans are conservative.

      • Tennessee Williams

        While it is true Republicans claim to be conservative, true conservatism advocates for limited government intervention in the private lives of the public. This means that the Conservative approach to marijuana prohibition would be end it. Libertarians, and even some Republicans are beginning to wake up to this, and call for an end to prohibition. Gov. Christie is a lousy excuse for a conservative. He tricked the tea-party people into thinking he was one of them to get into office. Christie and his Goons will be figured out soon, and this slippery, slimy squid of a man will be voted out of office come next term, and maybe then will those New Jersey citizens who are in-pain, sick, or dying have access to an herb that is less harmful than chocolate.

  • hbf

    It’s a joke. Especially when the politicians call the Customers “Patients” Its gonna end up just like California. Every pothead will scam a BOGUS scrip from some Jack Ass Doctor in order to get high. Shame on you Big Man.

    • John the Baptist

      Who are you to judge what type of medication patients turn to for relief from their unbearable symptoms resulting from things like chemotherapy, spinal injuries, and chrohn’s disease. You ought to be the one ashamed of yourself. I hope that you, nor any loved one gets sick or injured because only then will you realize pain and agony that some of your neighbors live with every day. Anyone who feels that they can benefit from Medical Marijuana should have access to it, without having to first gain your approval. It makes no sense to us why you believe you are the ultimate authority on the morality of someone ingesting a plant in a manner that has absolutely no effect on you personally, whatsoever. When you find yourself at your final judgment, I pray that God Almighty has mercy on your foul, cantankerous soul. God bless America.

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