QoTD: Tick Tock Edition

Gov. Chris Christie, who made opposition to a medical marijuana law for ill New Jerseyans a campaign issue, now says he supports the law passed right before his inauguration and won’t make it more restrictive like he said he would when he was running. But Christie wants to delay the kickoff of NJ’s program until January or July, 2011. And that prompted our Quote of the Day from Sen. Loretta Weinberg:

I understand this governor has some questions, but I would like to point out to everybody, including the governor, this is the law.

Tick Tock, Governor. Tick Tock. Bear in mind that when the lady in the video talks about a July start, she was talking about July this year, not next year.  

Comments (12)

  1. Winston Smith

    This is another example of Christie arrogance and lawlessness.

    This particular example reminds me of Bush signing statements – when Congresss passed laws he didn’t like, he would simply issue a Signing Statement that said he reserved his right as Commander in Chief (aka “The Decider”) to select which provisions to comply with.

    Chrisite has abused executive authority so many times already – he is now moving from executive orders to just plain ignoring legislative requirements.

  2. Bill Orr

    Below is a sample letter prepared in part by the Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey. You can use it to contact the Governor or Commissioner.  

    Sample Message

    Dear Governor Christie / Commissioner Alaigh,


    As a voter in New Jersey, I was thrilled in January when the the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was enacted .  This important legislation will help relieve the suffering of seriously ill New Jerseyans whose symptoms are not alleviated by currently available medications.

    I strongly disapprove of any effort to postpone this program.  Please implement this important piece of health care legislation without delay.  People with serious illnesses and in severe pain need access to this medication now.

    Medical research has shown that marijuana can relieve symptoms such as nausea, pain, muscle spasms and wasting.  Thirteen states in addition to New Jersey have shown the compassion and common sense to allow seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana.  The time has come for New Jersey to implement this Act.  Patients can wait no longer!


    The legislation is supported by the Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey, the New Jersey State Nurses Association; the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians; the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; the New Jersey League for Nursing; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Southern NJ and Northern NJ chapters; and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.


    Polling shows that 86 percent of New Jersey voters support allowing access to medical marijuana.  I am one of them.  I support the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act and urge you to implement this important law on July 18th as planned. Thank you for your dedication to relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for seriously ill New Jerseyans.



    Your First and Last Name


    Contact Governor Christie here: http://www.nj.gov/governor/con… (Choose “Health & Senior Services” as your e-mail topic)


    Contact Commissioner Alaigh here: http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin


  3. SmartyJones

    and what happens next?

    The law is supposed to go into effect in July (I read possibly October if there were administrative  constraints).

    But from what I’ve read in the papers, the Christie administration has done nothing to implement the statute.

    So does he win by delaying?  I don’t see what the legislature can do to make him speed up the process.

    Of course the government could be shut down in July, so it might not matter.

  4. Jay Lassiter
  5. Bill Orr

    Christie has bigger fish to fry than this cannabis program.  He is not an enthusiast, but I don’t think he is deliberately out to sabotage it.  The Department of Health has failed to prioritize the implementation and has been moving slowly. With concerted effort they still should be able to make the deadline. Letters to the commissioner and governor requesting timely implemention help. And staff members in the department are supportive.

    What we are witnessing is the result of Christie’s desire to shrink government. All of the departments and agencies have cuts in budget and personnel.  Welcome to “Christie’s World,”  where government does less and does it slower.  More of this to come.


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