Gov. Chris Christie sends back medical marijuana bill
August 16th, 2013
04:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Gov. Chris Christie sends back medical marijuana bill

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday sent back a medical marijuana bill that could expand options for patients seeking the drug and make it easier for children to qualify for the program.

The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes:

– That edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone;

– That both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription

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  1. ghost

    Why not just make it legal all uses. It is a better recreational drug than alcohol and cigarettes. Also less dangerous. It is time for the false information to stop. ClINTON 2016

    August 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "He is asking that two changes be made to the bill before he signs it."

    And CNN apparently doesn't want to tell us what they are.

    August 16, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Canuck

    I think history will judge us harshly. The potentially incredible medical uses for cannabis are slowly becoming apparent – research is finding that it kills cancer cells – however the ridiculous cultural condemnation of this natural substance are severely slowing things up. It's sad that a father with a sick child has to beg to able to use this natural medicine while toxic pharmaceuticals are readliy available. It's way past time to end cannabis prohibition

    August 16, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Ruby

    Oh my goodness. What a wimp-out. If there were a contest for the most cautious namby pamby political-motivated "progessive" decision, Big Boy would be a top contender.

    August 16, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Tony

    I second what Sniffit said. What are the changes, CNN?

    August 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Pandamonius

    Once again, the rush to be the first to report something triumphs over actually having something to report. Jake shouldn't have submitted this without noting what two changes Christie requested, as well as what the timeline would be for having those changes added, and back to him to be signed.

    August 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    And those changes are????

    August 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    I'm in laughing agreement with Sniffit and others about this premature upload. Hey y'all, they printed something about HHS Christie/pot story FIRST!

    "Winning!" - Charlie Sheen, sometime in 2011

    August 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    "HHS Christie/pot story"

    How on earth did my phone do that? It's like, through autospelling, our phones are offering opinions of their own!

    August 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "– That edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone"

    Arbitrary, not based on medical science.

    "– That both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription"

    Not unreasonable.

    He's quite clearly trying to strike middle ground to avoid too much blowback from the Teatrolls while presenting himself as "moderate." Too bad his fiscal policies are conservative nonsense.

    August 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "I second what Sniffit said. What are the changes, CNN?"

    It appears CNN was rushing to be first rather than most accurate.

    August 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. NJShore

    The medical marijuana is the one with very little THC in it which is what gets people high. To me, it will be as equivalent to the dangers of nyquil. I guess I can not complain. At least this is one step closer then we were yesterday in medical history.

    August 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @Sniffit,

    "Arbitrary, not based on medical science"

    Correct. And while I'm not a medical man, you can't tell me that SMOKING the stuff is less harmful than eating it. This actually makes no sense at all. It's like Christie is saying, "Adults: I'm going to make you ingest the stuff by breathing smoke in your lungs rather than safely eating it.".

    And another point: in my own flaming youth, I learned that eating it produced an effect that took longer to arrive, but lasted longer and deeper than smoking it.

    Deeeeeper, depending on the quality, LOL

    August 16, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Legalize it. Nothing wrong. At least Mexican cartels are defeated thus.

    August 16, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The medical marijuana is the one with very little THC in it which is what gets people high"

    Ummm, no...it's fantastically high in THC.

    ""Adults: I'm going to make you ingest the stuff by breathing smoke in your lungs rather than safely eating it.". "

    Funniest part is that forcing adults to ingest it by smoking it, instead of allowing for ingesting it via pill form, etc., is a big fat FU to Big Pharma. They resist legalization for the very reason that they don't want something that can be grown in your backyard or closet replacing something they get to charge you $100+ per pill for. Christie's going to learn the hard way that he can't ride the fence Mittens-style in an attempt to APPEAR moderate, or it will just end up making EVERYONE angry with him instead of just the "other team." His party has certain backers he's going to have to kowtow to, and he may have just irritated one of them.

    August 16, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. ge

    there worried about people abusing pot,what about booze and prescription drugs –some people abuse all three .maybe band them all or sit down and shut up ,and let the adults talk

    August 16, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Sniffit

    "He is asking that two changes be made to the bill before he signs it."

    And CNN apparently doesn't want to tell us what they are.

    _______________________________________________

    The changes were in the article. Did you not read it???

    The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes:

    – That edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone;

    – That both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription

    August 17, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |