NJ Moves Forward On Medical Marijuana

Deadline is Monday for permits to legally grow the drug

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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NJ Moves Forward On Medical Marijuana

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BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: Medicinal marijuana user Dave Karp smokes marijuana at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late yesterday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New Jersey is moving ahead with its Monday deadline for prospective dealers to apply to legally grow and sell medical marijuana, but there may not be a rush of applicants.

Eligible patients and physicians are balking at the $20,000 application fee because of regulations about how the pot is distributed. They say the proposed rules are so restrictive that their operations might not be viable.

Groups are also hesitant because it’s unclear whether the current rules will remain in place in the future. The Legislature wants to force health officials to rewrite the proposed regulations and one group has gone to court to try and get the deadline pushed back.

With all the uncertainty, physicians and health centers that want to provide pot might miss the deadline entirely.

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