TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union) and Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) challenging the Christie Administration’s proposed rules for implementing the state’s medical marijuana law received final approval today in the Senate, starting the 30-day clock for the administration to amend the regulations.
The resolution (SCR-130/ACR-151) is part of a legislative process that would invalidate the Department of Health and Senior Services’ regulations as proposed and, ultimately, require the administration to rewrite the rules to bring them in line with the Legislature’s intent in creating the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.” Passage of the measure comes after the Governor’s announcement that he had reached a “compromise” with the Assembly on the regulations, and said he would relent on two points. The Senate sponsors, however, believe the regulations must still be revised.
“Despite a so-called compromise, I believe key areas of the regulations still would not comply with the intent of the law and would make it much too difficult for eligible patients to access relief through marijuana,” said Senator Scutari, prime sponsor of the medical marijuana law. “This measure gives the administration an opportunity to revise the rules and resubmit them to the Legislature for review, so that we can ensure the program is implemented in the way we intended.”