New Jersey Assembly votes to rebuke Christie over medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly is rebuking the Christie administration's handling of the state's medical marijuana program.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a resolution, ACR224, that says Gov. Chris Christie's Health Department has placed "arbitrary and unnecessary" restrictions on the program.

The vote comes a day after Christie criticized the notion of legalizing marijuana in order to gain a tax windfall, calling it "blood money."

Here's a closer look at New Jersey's medical marijuana program and the measure lawmakers approved:


The measure says that 10 regulations enacted by the state Department of Health are contrary to the Legislature's intent when it passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act of 2009, shortly before Christie took office. Those regulations include the requirement that doctors who prescribe medical marijuana enroll in a public database, which lawmakers say discourages physicians. They also include the prohibition of edible marijuana as...

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