NEW BRUNSWICK – Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday the medical marijuana legislation that was passed shortly before he came into office was “a lousy law that was rushed.”
Christie made the response after he was asked today why it was taking so long for medical marijuana dispensaries to be set up throughout the state. Last week, the state issued a permit for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Greenleaf, in Montclair. While the permit has been issued, the dispensary itself has yet to open.
The governor said he wants to make sure the state has a proper medical marijuana law and that dispensaries won’t be set up all over the place, like they are in Colorado. He mentioned a recent “60 Minutes” story, which mentioned that Colorado has more medical pot dispensaries than the number of McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.
“I am not going to permit New Jersey to become Denver, Colorado,” he said. “Last I checked coffee and hamburgers are legal.”
He said he’s surprised how “lagging” the demand for medial pot has been.
“I was led to believe by the legislative sponsors there were literally tens of thousands of people in New Jersey who would take advantage of this program. Thus far we have a little over 300 people signed up.”
The goal, he said, is to have a responsible program when marijuana is distributed for medical purposes and does not serve as a “de-facto legalization” of the drug.