New Jersey To Move Forward With Medical Marijuana Program

New Jersey’s recently enacted Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act sets up one of the strictest medical marijuana systems in the country. The program begins with only six grower-dispensers, and these six are subject to strict limits on how they can market their product and to whom they may sell it. Nevertheless, Gov. Chris Christie (R) delayed implementing the program because of concerns that it might open state officials to federal prosecutions. He has since agreed to allow the program to move forward, however, after the Department of Justice issued memo reiterating its policy that “[i]t is likely not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or their caregivers.”