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Sweeney Reacts To Medical Marijuana Report

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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement in response to the Health Department’s Medicinal Marijuana Biennial Report issued today:

“The report states that services have been ‘keeping pace with demand,’ but points to the possible future need for greater access and availability.

“Approval of the six new Alternative Treatment Centers will not only provide greater access, their operations will also produce the additional findings needed to make informed decisions on how to make the program work more effectively. That is why I supported the expansion, but we need the additional data the new ATCs will produce to move forward and before taking action on an incomplete report.

“The Governor, the Speaker and I should stick to our agreement to work for legislative approval of the three bills without sacrificing the criminal justice reforms that are so important.”