New Jersey to begin implementing medical marijuana laws

You don’t see this everyday. The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an editorial praising NJ Governor Chris Christie for finally getting off the nickel and beginning implementation of that state’s medical marijuana laws.

The Inquirer didn’t stop there, though, it said Delaware should also get with the program.

From The Inquirer editorial:

After months of delay, Gov. Christie has finally made the correct decision: to stop stalling implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law.

Christie never got the blanket assurance from federal authorities that they would honor the law. But he finally came to the same logical conclusion that others reached months ago, that it is unlikely that federal prosecutors would raid state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.

That doesn’t mean federal agents won’t pursue illegal marijuana operations, but they have much bigger operations to target in their war on drugs.

But now that the governor has given the green light, New Jersey should move quickly to implement prescription sales of medical marijuana.

Delaware and other states that were hesitant to proceed with medical marijuana programs while awaiting similar assurances from the federal government should follow Christie’s lead.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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