NJ Governor Chris Christie applauded Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora for working with the Governor’s Office and staff at the state Department of Health and Senior Services to reach the accord on the medicinal marijuana regulations.
“Our agreement with Gusciora will prevent further delay to patients who need relief from the symptoms of debilitating illnesses,’’ Governor Christie said. “At the same time, we are protecting the interests of all residents of the state of New Jersey by preventing some of the abuses that we have seen in other states.”
According the regulations, six Alternative Treatment Centers –in the north, central and southern regions of the state—will be permitted and each will be able to both dispense and grow medicinal marijuana.Home delivery and satellite locations for the Alternative Treatment Centers will no longer be allowed.Only the debilitating conditions originally contained in the law will be subject to the provision that all conventional therapies have been exhausted before a physician can recommend a patient for medicinal marijuana.
Over the course of the first two years of the program, the Department of Health and Senior Services will evaluate many different aspects of the program and consider changes as necessary or appropriate.