NJ lawmakers consider medical marijuana delay
TRENTON, N.J. - June 28, 2010 -- Lawmakers are voting Monday on a plan to delay the start of New Jersey's legal medical marijuana program by three months.
Gov. Chris Christie asked for a delay.
The Legislature passed a law earlier this year to allow patients with certain conditions to buy pot from alternative treatment centers. It was to go in effect July 1 - but the first legal sales would not have come until at least October.
The delay allows health officials to write regulations.
It also may give politicians some time to consider a different model for the program. Christie has suggested having the marijuana grown at Rutgers University and distributed by hospitals.
Medical marijuana advocates oppose the delay and major changes to the system.
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