Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp and Organ Transplants for MMJ Patients
Posted by Mike Chaz on Friday, January 24, 2014
Most cameras in Trenton were fixed on Governor Christie’s scandal hearings last week. The “Bridge-gate” controversy as well as allegations that he misused Sandy Relief funds has been so dominant in the news that the excellent work of our legislature was being overlooked. The Governor’s second term inauguration events were well covered but as usual, mainstream media was too pre-occupied to report Chris Christie’s actions to double down on our state’s draconian cannabis laws.
Governor Christie vetoed two bills, one which would have protected medical marijuana patients from losing their spot on an organ donor list for their status as a medical marijuana patient (for use of an illicit substance), and one which would have established an industrial hemp farming license. Governor Christie pocket vetoed both bills without comment despite overwhelming approval from the legislature. Within a few hours, he said this at his inaugural address:
"We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable."
Evan Nison, Executive Director of NORML New Jersey reacts,
"Keep in mind Chris Christie initially vetoed the 911 Good Samaritan law and vows to veto marijuana decriminalization. This Governor has a long history of saying the right things about drug policy and then doing the exact opposite."
Governor Christie missed a rare opportunity to show leadership on the cannabis issue. He denied the Garden State this opportunity for an emerging agricultural industry and is discriminating against our ill residents based solely on their medical status. New Jersey deserves and expects better. The current policies do not work and we need a new approach, not just new rhetoric.
NORMLNJ and Governor Christie both agree that the war on drugs has failed. If the governor truly believes the war on drugs has failed, he should come to the table and join with NORML NJ towards our shared goal of ending the war on drugs. Governor we are still waiting for you to do exactly as you say and, "partner with our citizens to create a society that understands that every life has value and no life is disposable."