Gov. Christie Wants Assurance From Feds Before Implementing Medical Marijuana Programs

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants assurances from federal prosecutors that they won’t pursue criminal charges against state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs before he agrees to implement a state law that allows the programs.

Christie said in a Thursday interview on New Jersey Network’s “On the Line” show that he won’t ask people to do things that might result in prosecution.

Several states have started reassessing their medical marijuana laws after stern warnings from the federal government that everyone from licensed growers to regulators could be subject to criminal prosecution.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney Reports From Trenton

Christie said New Jersey has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for guidance.

Do you support medicinal uses for marijuana in New Jersey? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Steve

    Yes I support Legalization. I been smoking for recreational purposes. I never been arrested for anything, clean record, I been working for 10 years, never had a problem, I have a family, mortgage. It is safer than liquor or beer, etc. I seriously do not understand how liquor and beer is legal, where you cant walk straight, you cant talk properly, dont know where you are.

  • CSI

    Is this guy serious. What makes NJ special. If Cali. gets raided then what makes you think NJ will be any different.

  • The DR. is in

    Unbelievable how marijuana is still illegal….its natural, grown from the earth…are cigarettes soo much better??…Where is the freedom of choice American Officials talk about all day long…..what BS…Just legalize and tax it….then everyone will be happy…..(p.s. i guarentee if marijuana were legal, the crime rate would go down at least 25%…people will be too busy raiding the fridge, and watching Family Guy!!)

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