Christie, Corzine at odds over medical marijuana

March 19, 2009 11:09:19 AM PDT
Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie says he opposes a bill that would allowing chronically ill patients in New Jersey to use medical marijuana. Appearing Thursday on radio station NJ101.5 FM, Christie. said he supports the concept but criticized the legislation as too lax.

The measure allows patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases to grow marijuana plants for medicinal use or buy the drug at a licensed center. Patients would be registered with the state.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign the bill.

Corzine said the law could be structured to guard against abuses.

The Senate passed the measure, but it faces an uncertain fate in the Assembly.

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