Rutgers "Just Says No" to Pot Growing

College fears growing drug would jeopardize federal funding

Friday, Jul 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:57 PM EDT
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Rutgers "Just Says No" to Pot Growing

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Rutgers University will not be getting into the marijuana growing business.

New Jersey's largest university has declined a request from Gov. Chris Christie to become the lone grower of the state's medical marijuana crop.

The university issued a statement Friday saying marijuana's status as an illegal drug would jeopardize millions in federal funding to the school.

The Legislature approved a plan allowing patients with certain chronic illnesses to access marijuana. Christie suggested the marijuana be grown by Rutgers and distributed by the state's teaching hospitals.

Implementation of the law has been delayed until January to give the Health Department time to work out details.

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