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QOTD: Christie Promises Vigilante Justice

Here’s a good line from Chris Christie:

“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it. As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

– Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by Politico.

Since there’s no way Christie’s gonna be President in January 2017, I guess he’s planning on taking matters into his own hands.  

Wonder what he’s going to do with the federally illegal medical marijuana in his own state?

NJ First State With Medical Marijuana TV Ads

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Turns out NJ is the first state to have medical marijuana ads on the television. The website MarijuanaDoctors.com equates buying pot from a unregistered dealer with buying sushi on the street, which is kind of funny, but kind of stupid. For folks who already buy on the street it’s not a convincing argument, but for a grandma who needs it for glaucoma or a formerly straight-edge cancer patient, I can see it making a difference in how and where they buy.

All in all, though, it seems odd to have an exchange that will find you a doctor willing to prescribe one particular type of medicine rather than finding doctors to address certain types of conditions.

BloodThinnerDoctor.com would be weird, and ProteaseInhibitorDoctor.com even weirder. But I guess with not all doctors willing to prescribe this particular drug due to it’s controversial nature, it makes sense. Kind of.

Medical Marijuana showdown today in Trenton?

For the past year Governor Christie has ignored the will of NJ voters and a bi-partisan majority in the State House and refused to allow the state’s medical marijuana plan to proceed.

(State House)–Today in Trenton the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to confirm (or not…) the Department of Health’s new chief commissioner. That role was vacated by Dr. Poonam Aleigh who recently got her head rolled resigned — supposedly to care for a dying relative. It’s unlikely that’s the only reason she left considering she’s already been shortlisted for a new executive job.

Anyway, Governor Christie has nominated Mary O’Dowd to be the new commish. She happens to be married to Kevin O’Dowd, one of Christie’s top legal advisers. Senator Nick Scutari chairs the judiciary committee that will decide Mary O’Dowd’s fate today. He’s also the primary sponsor of NJ’s Medical Marijuana law (that NJ’s Health Department is supposed to be overseeing….) Because Senator Scutari is the chairman of this committee, he can pin her down for answers about WTF the medical marijuana law continues to languish. If her answers are evasive or unsatisfying, her appointment could be held up.

What We Have Here Is a Failure To Administer

Governor Christie, who displays a number of skills including his ability to communicate, is an abject failure as an administrator. It is helpful to be able to talk a good game that impresses certain voters and others living outside our state, but ultimately he sits atop an administration of departments and agencies which provide or fail to provide the services that New Jerseyans seek.

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Seriously, WTF — Medical Marijuana Rules

Where can you get morphine legally?  The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get codeine legally? The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get Oxycontin legally? The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get phenobarbital legally? The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get Demerol legally? The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get Vicodin legally? The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get laudanum (opium) legally?  The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

Where can you get anabolic steroids  legally?  The doctor prescribes it, the pharmacist gives it to you.

So could someone please tell my why the eff we are creating an entirely new distribution method for medical marijuana?

Can Someone Explain Why We Need Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

I’ve been wondering why it is that we need a special distribution method for medical marijuana, that an entire new method for distributing a prescription drug is necessary.

We have trained people who can measure doses, verify prescriptions, record sales, report to the government, etc. in pharmacies and licensed pharmacists.  Why not use them instead of spending the money, time, experimentation and policing of a new system of dispensaries?

If the corporate pharmacies — CVS, Eckerd, etc. — don’t want to do it then this is a way to help the local mom and pop stores to compete.  

The only reason I can possibly see for opposing this idea is that people with sticks up their asses don’t want to get their anti-depressants and codeine next to pot smokers.  

Are there other reasons?  Am I being completely obtuse?  What is the story here?  Can anyone help me here?  

Sick folks, Can you wait another 90 days?

New Jersey’s hard-fought medical marijuana program was supposed to be up and running next month. July 18. But Gov. Christie has made clear that this particular law signed by Jon Corzine is not a priority for his administration, so he’s wanted a 6-month to 1-year delay.”

If legislation just introduced is passed, Christie’ll get his delay. But not nearly the delay he wanted. Asm Reed Gusciora, a sponsor of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, has a bill calling for October 1 implementation, now out of committee and headed to a vote by the full Assembly, most likely Monday. I’d have trouble blaming Reed Gusciora for this delay, or Nick Scutari. Their efforts seem in good faith, grappling with a disinterested, heel-dragging governor who hasn’t done his due diligence.

Clearly, the administration has not done the work they needed to launch on time. In fact, less than a week ago he threw a monkeywrench – proposing to amend the law to require that all the pot be grown at Rutgers University. A centralized production and distribution scheme that would make New Jersey’s law – already the most restrictive of 14 states with compassionate use programs – even more restrictive. As a side complaint, one that would eliminate entrepreneurial opportunities for farmers or other small business folks ready to grow.

NORML – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – is against it, pointing to a long, unsuccessful fight by the University of Massachusetts to grow marijuana for medical research purposes.

I’m not sick. I don’t know what it’s like to feel the kind of pain and unease those with cancer feel. Or AIDS. Lou Gehrig’s disease. Muscular dystrophy. Multiple sclerosis. No clue.

But if Christie gets his breathing room and fails to make sure this program is launched and implemented fairly, without extra strain on unwell people … Well, then my guess is the roly-poly voodoo dolls are going to come out. And so are the long pins. Chris Christie needs to feel the pain other people he serves feel every day. Somehow I think his powers of imagination are limited.

Get it done. They’ve waited long enough.