Medical Marijuana Advocates Consider Lawsuit Against N.J.

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Advocates say they will consider suing the state if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to stand in the way of implementing a law that legalizes marijuana for medical use, but they’re not enthusiastic about that possibility.

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey director of the Drug Policy Alliance, hopes a lawsuit is a last resort. She notes that court cases can drag on for years and says her concern is patients having access now.

Christie hasn’t yet responded to a memo released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department that says marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.

Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, says the governor is awaiting advice from Attorney General Paula Dow, who is still reviewing the letter.

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.

Should the dispensaries open? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Federal law enforcement trying to strong arm states with fictional notions of money laundering is daft. That presumes a medical dispensary is a crime front.

    Poor form bending over to such weak posturing, New Jersey.

    What would Danielle Staub think?

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  2. Dave K says:

    Happy Fourth of July! May you continue to live in freedom and to stand against the forces of tyranny!

    “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

    “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” George Washington

    By the way, Indian Hemp referred to the form of hemp grown for medicine (Cannabis Indica: marijuana) and not the form of the plant used for fiber… To be sure, medical cannabis patients are not going away. If the federal government refuses to recognize the therapeutic benefits of cannabis and develop a sensible public health policy, then states must be allowed to do so in its place. As we celebrate our freedom from government tyranny on this July 4th, let’s also be resolute in our stand against tyrannical acts by the Obama Administration.

    1. M.A.D says:

      I love it!! our first president was tripping.

  3. ARON PIEMAN KAY says:

    its time to free the medicine now

  4. Marij A. Wanna says:

    We the people need to stand up for ourselves and stop this discrimination known as marijuana prohibition! Marijuana prohibition was started in the late 30’s by a man named Harry Anslinger. It was only started because he used racial stereotypes as well as all out prejudice, social inequality, exaggerated facts, as well as all out lies to gain support of the criminalization of marijuana because he knew he wouldn’t have enough public support to get opium and cocaine criminalized. Anslinger did this all not because he gave a damn about the public, but to get federal funding for a small group at the time, the federal narcotics bureau which by the way he headed. So do your research and you will find that marijuana prohibition is based on all of the above, so prohibition needs to be shown for what it truly is, a policy based on mostly discrimination.

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  5. Duncan20903 says:

    Adam, cannabis had been criminalized in 46 of 48 States before the unconstitutional Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was approved by Congress.

    The number was in the low 30s before the 18th Amendment had passed.

    Cocaine was criminalized in 46 of 48 States and heroin in 29 of 48 when the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 was signed into law.
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    Eubie, you would have a great point if your argument wasn’t based on PFTA flapdoodle. What in the world makes you think that the product can’t be taxed? In 2010 the California Board of Equalization reported that California would pocket more than $100 million in sales tax collected by their medicinal cannabis vendors. It is absurd to claim that the government is going to be stymied in collecting their piece of the action.
    http://www.eastbayexpress.com/LegalizationNation/archives/2010/09/09/california-marijuana-tax-stamps-readied

    BTW every person authorized to transact business in a California dispensary is also legally entitle to grow their own or to make purchases through black market cannabis vendors who don’t collect sales tax. It’s just really silly to claim that which is happening can’t be done.

  6. Duncan20903 says:

    Does the New Jersey State Constitution actually allow the Governor to decide which laws he will or will no implement and/or enforce? If so, why bother with a legislature?

    Then again it’s never been particularly surprising to find “the law is the law” crowd ignoring or even breaking laws of which they disapprove.

  7. M.A.D says:

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS AT ALL, MARIJUNA IS ILLIGAL AND YET VICODIN, OXICODEN AND ALL THOSE DRUGS MANUFACTURED BY MEDICAL LABS LIKE MERCK ARE LEGAL. THOSE DRUGS THAT KEEP EVERYONE IN PAIN FOR NO APPARENT REASON, DRUGS THAT MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION HAVE DAILY AND SOME EVEN MORE. WHERE IS THE SENSE IN THIS?? MARIJUNA IS A PLANT, CALMS PEOPLE DOWN, STIMULATES APPETITE….CLEARLY FAILURE TO PAST THE LAW IS ONLY A POLITICAL AGENDA FOR COMPENSATION FROM DRUG MANUFACTURERS AND NOTHING ELSE!!

    1. RMyres says:

      M.A.D.
      Those Commercial Drugs, that cause horrible side effects, as do most chemically based drugs, make profits for big-@$$ CEO’s of Pharmaceutical Companies, all I’m sure who chat up Christie at the Country Club.
      Medical Marijuana – well, Marijuana in general, to my knowledge, has side effects like the munchies and needing sleep.
      I sometimes think I’m a simpleton, but if it comes down to the Rich Friends of Pols with clout getting their Pharma Companies taken care of, and to hell with patients whose discomfort and pain could be relieved by a G-d given plant, these little brats in Trenton AND DC need to be EXPELLED from their offices, pronto.
      P.S. I’ve never tried the product, as I can’t smoke. I HAVE seen it relieve suffering, and I believe in it.

  8. Anthony says:

    The Government forgets they were voted in by the people , and are suppose to represent the people. The people have overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana . Enough with politicians (Gov. Christie) worrying about furthering there careers in politics , and help the serious Ill NOW !

  9. Adam DeVaney says:

    I wonder how long it will be before the federal government follows the lead of the states on this very simple issue. If history is any guide, the federal government claims that it was the states that originally began to outlaw the plant, They claim as a matter of the historical record that they felt that they had no choice but to implement a change in their laws based on the fact that close to 20% of the states had already passed their own laws. Now we have a situation where 25% of all voting populations in the country have passed these laws, yet they are as stubborn as ever with these outdated laws. It just gives too much power to the states’ elected officials to ignore the will of their voters. It is high time for change.

  10. Eubie says:

    It’s horrible that Big Brother throws a temper tantrum when the fear arises that they wont be able to cash in on a natural remedy that comes from the Earth! This country tries to find a way to cash in on everything through taxes. Their negative response is only the beginning. When they find out a way to tax this natural remedy, I bet the flood gates will open and they’ll be selling it to their own kids without a second thought. These guys are bullying people with “If I cant tax it, who gives a $#!+ about you having a relief from illnesses.” Why should we settle for the prescription drugs like Marinol and Drabinol which have the same properties as mariquana? Why are these two drugs considered safer than pot? Because BigBrother manufactured it to suit their needs first and an ill persons needs second. There’s to much conspiracy tied into their motives.

  11. GUNS FOR MEXICANS says:

    NO!, Just keep sending guns to Mexico so they can kill each other fighting for the U.S. Marijuana market

  12. Larry says:

    The federal government needs to readjust their stance on medical marijuana to conform with the majority of people who not only need this product as well as the cost of enforcing the archaic laws preventing the distribution of marijuana to people who rely on marijuana to just function.

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