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Bill to Decriminalize small amounts of Marijuana garners 18 co-sponsors.

22,439 people were arrested in New Jersey for possessing less than 50 grams* of cannabis in 2009.

FreedomIsGreen.Com, a local blog devoted to advancing more enlightened cannabis policy in New Jersey is reporting an an intriguing new bill on the Assembly docket that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Garden State.

The bill, which already has 18 co-sponsors (5 from the GOP) was introduced by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris), the same bi-partisan duo that introduced the state’s nascent medical marijuana law.

Nat’l GOP: Gov. Christie Wrong on Medical Marijuana

Chris Christie is so wrong on medical marijuana that even his groupies are preaching it.

The American Conservative on our law, currently in limbo:

The law as enacted – and signed by former Gov. Jon Corzine in January – is already the toughest among the medical marijuana laws passed by 13 other states in recent years. Christie’s heavy-handed modifications are most definitely a reflection of his aversion to it from the start. He already sought to delay the program’s implementation for a year. This might sound like minutes to Washington bureaucrats, but for a patient wasting away from AIDS or suffering from chemo-inducing nausea, it could very well be a lifetime.

This might be the future – citizens work hard to change things democratically, in this case, marijuana reform, and politicians and institutions that don’t like it, get their revenge in the rule-making process, which is not so democratic. Nor very liberty-loving.

Anybody got any suggestions how tomake our Governor pay a political price for his (universally) unpopular position? Let’s brainstorm.

A Looming “Deadline” on Medical Marijuana in NJ

Although a law was passed in January legalizing medical marijuana in NJ, terminally ill patients in the state are still unclear about A) when the law goes into effect and B) who can qualify. But that might all change in a few days.

Chris Goldstein has the call:

NJ Residents that may qualify for legal medical cannabis have been looking forward to October 1, 2010. After legislators granted a 90-day delay to the program, this is now when patients hope to see some progress.

Yet, 10/1/2010 is not a deadline. Technically the state has a 30-day window in which to act.

For some, the delay was already too much. Vietnam Veteran Robert “Bob” Van Sant Jr. of Jackson, NJ passed away in August from cancer. Both the disease and the attempted treatments racked his body.

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