NJ legislature allows only a limited amendment to the state's medical marijuana law
Chris Goldstein of Philadelphia NORML reported that the NJ legislature has granted only a minor amendment to the NJ medical marijuana law.
If so, then the legislature did not acquiesce in Governor Christie's proposal to eviscerate the law by allowing only Rutgers University to cultivate cannabis and allowing only hospitals to dispense to patients.
Instead the Legislature simply extended the effective date of the law from July 1, 2010, to October 1, 2010 - presumably to give the Department of Health and Senior Services more time in which to promulgate the overdue regulations that are necessary to enable patients, manufacturers, and distributors to become licensed.
Open question #1: how will legislative proponents and advocates ensure that the executive branch meets this new, adjourned deadline, which was necessitated by the executive branch's initial failure to comply with the law?
Open question #2: what will advocates do in New York now that the City of New York and the Governor have come out against medical marijuana?