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Chris Christie Will Veto Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill In New Jersey


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Chris Christie Will Veto Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill in New Jersey

 

Governor Chris Christie has already made it clear that he will not sign a new bill into law that would expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program to allow reciprocity between New Jersey and other medical marijuana states. 

 

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender, is only days old, but Governor Christie has already said that he is “not open to it” if it makes it to his desk.  Christie was elected after medical marijuana was already legalized in New Jersey and has been resistant to the program in general from the start.

 

Stender’s bill would create a reciprocity agreement between New Jersey and other medical marijuana states, meaning that patients would be allowed to go to another MMJ state and bring medical marijuana back with them to New Jersey.  Currently, six of the twenty medical marijuana states have reciprocity agreements by which they recognize medical marijuana patients from other legal states.

 

The idea came from a couple whose daughter suffers from severe epilepsy.  They have heard of stronger edibles and tinctures in other states that they feel could help their daughter better than what is provided in New Jersey.

 

Stender doubts Christie even read the proposed legislation.  Christie explained that he is opposed to any extensions to the medical marijuana program because he fears that it will lead to the proliferation of marijuana in the state.  “See this is what happens. Every time you sign one expansion, then the advocates will come back and ask for another one,” the governor said during a press conference from his statehouse office yesterday afternoon. “Here’s what the advocates want: they want legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. It will not happen on my watch, ever. I am done expanding the medical marijuana program under any circumstances. So we’re done.”

 

The issues of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are totally separate ones, but Governor Christie is willing to limit medical marijuana in order to stop the issue of legal marijuana from arising. “It’s not about marijuana legalization for recreational use, this is about legitimate access for sick people who need it,” Stender said. “It infuriates me he is so cold-hearted to the needs of the people he is supposed to represent.”

 

Governor Christie has already been deemed an early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, based on a recent CNN International poll.

 

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