just legalize it already
NJ Senate weighing
defying governor over marijuana.
New Jersey’s state Senate is considering defying Gov. Chris Christie over his plans to regulate medical marijuana more strictly than lawmakers say they envisioned when they voted to allow pot for some patients.
A vote on a resolution to declare the regulations not fulfilling the lawmakers’ intent and force the undoing of some of the Republican governor’s proposed rules is scheduled for Monday. Sen. Steve Sweeney, president of the Democrat-controlled Senate, said it has the votes to pass.
The Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed the measure last month. But since then, Christie and Reed Gusciora, a Democrat from Princeton who was the Assembly’s chief sponsor of the medical cannabis law, announced a deal to change some of the proposed regulations.
Christie supports medical marijuana, but says the law signed hours before he took office didn’t do enough to prevent recreational smokers from taking advantage of it.
Gusciora says the compromise with the governor is imperfect, but it will allow patients legal access to marijuana by next summer. Forcing a rewrite of the rules will delay access, he says. Patients with conditions like multiple sclerosis and glaucoma say marijuana can ease pain and nausea.
It’s against the law for lawmakers to rewrite laws to favor what they think the law should have been written.
Glad to see the Senate overriding this very illegal play of power.