Andrew Cuomo Reconsiders Medical Marijuana

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After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the state's medical marijuana program the green light on Tuesday, our own Governor Cuomo is reconsidering whether or not to implement a similar program in New York. A group of New York politicians recently co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill, and yesterday Senator Diane Savino sent Cuomo a letter begging him to pass this legislation. "As someone who has lost both parents to cancer, I know first-hand what it is like to see a loved one in pain and not be able to do anything about it," she wrote. Cuomo told reporters yesterday, "We're talking to both sides of the issues...and we're reviewing it but we don't have a final position." Back on the campaign trail Cuomo said, "The dangers of medical marijuana outweigh the benefits." When a reporter pressed him about whether he's changed his stance, he denied it, insisting that he has "not changed [his] position," but stated he's "always learning and listening, talking and growing." [Gothamist]

New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Program Could Begin by the End of 2011

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After complications, New Jersey will move forward with its medical marijuana program, Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday. The bill, signed into law by former Governor Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat, on his last day in office back in January of 2010, was supposed to make way for operation within six months, but Republican Governor Christie postponed the program due to concerns over how the federal government would respond. But now Christie says approved users will not be prosecuted under federal laws and six state marijuana dispensaries could be open by the end of the year.

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