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Scutari Statement On Governor’s Medical Marijuana Announcement

TRENTON – Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union), a prime sponsor of the “Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” released the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s announcement that he will move forward with the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law, which was signed in January of 2010:

“Over the past year and a half, we have heard from patients across New Jersey who are desperate for relief from the effects of cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS and other debilitating conditions. I am pleased the governor has finally decided to move forward with full implementation of our medical marijuana program so that patients who need it have access to compassionate care.

“Since this program will move forward under a more restrictive model than we intended, I plan to monitor its progress closely to ensure that individuals who need medicinal marijuana are, in fact, able to obtain it. It is my hope that the Department of Health will work with the Legislature to resolve any issues that may arise during the process of rolling out this program, and in the future.”