That’s right Jersey!! Let’s get it!! LOL our governor Chris Christie has decided to go ahead with our state’s medical marijuana program. Details after the jump.
Gov. Chris Christie will implement New Jerseyâ€™s medical marijuana program after a Justice Department memo said efforts to fight cancer patientsâ€™ marijuana use would not be a good use of federal resources, according to people with knowledge of the governorâ€™s decision.
Christie said last month he wouldnâ€™t move forward with the program, which was passed under former Gov. Jon Corzine, until he received assurance that employees carrying out the law would not be prosecuted.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a memo on June 29 to address those concerns, reiterating the message of a 2009 Justice Department memo that said the â€œprosecution of significant traffickersâ€ was the departmentâ€™s â€œcore priority.â€
â€œIt is likely not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or their caregivers,â€ Cole wrote in the new memo.
New Jerseyâ€™s medical marijuana program is considered one of the strictest in the nation, while other statesâ€™ programs have been criticized for being too lax. The memo said large-scale â€œcommercial cultivation, sale and distributionâ€ of pot for â€œpurported medical purposesâ€ had expanded, and the federal government never intended to â€œshieldâ€ those types of activities from prosecution.