New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has never been a supporter of marijuana policy reform, announced last Friday that he will delay the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law until the Department of Justice makes it clear they will not prosecute state employees involved administrating the program. From NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie last night said he won’t allow medical marijuana for chronically ill patients until the federal government assures him they won’t prosecute anyone for working in the program. It is a new stipulation by the governor, who has been accused of intentionally trying to delay the law.
“The federal government is saying medical marijuana is against the law,” Christie said in an appearance on the “On the Line” call-in show, which was televised tonight on New Jersey Network and streamed live on NJ.com. “Until I get that assurance, I cannot ask people to do things that they might get prosecuted by federal prosecutors.
Former Gov. Jon Corzine signed the state’s medical marijuana law the day before he was replaced by Gov. Christie. Since than the Christie administration has been working cripple the new law. This move by Christie is his latest heavy handed attempt prevent sick New Jersey residents from having access to medical marijuana.
This move by Christie though, was enabled directly be President Obama breaking his promise on respecting state medical marijuana laws. Recently Obama’s US attorneys have been sending letters to governors threatening letters about their state’s medical marijuana programs, presumably in an attempt to stop the passage of several more medical marijuana laws.