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Activists Toke Up, But No Arrests at NJ Capitol

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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At 4:20pm on 4/20, supporters of the legalization of marijuana smoked joints and ate pot brownies near the NJ Capitol. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC)

At 4:20 p.m. on 4/20, the numbers associated with cannabis, activists pushing to legalize the recreational use of marijuana lit up joints and ate pot brownies as police watched from the steps of the New Jersey State House. There were no arrests.

Supporters of legalization say the current medical marijuana program is too restrictive. Only 12 conditions qualify for medicinal cannabis in New Jersey, and just 2,211 patients are in the state’s program.

“You have to be very, very sick or dying,” said Jim Price with the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey. “We don’t think that’s fair.”

Price said the cost of medical marijuana from the state’s dispensaries is too expensive. One ounce costs $500 compared to $120 for an ounce sold on the streets in South Jersey, he said.

“And it takes care of my pain."

Price said he suffers from chronic pain after a failed back surgery. He is not qualified for the state medical marijuana program.

Gov. Chris Christie inherited the medical marijuana law in 2010 from former Gov. John Corzine. Christie says he will never legalize recreational use.

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Julianne Welby

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Chuck from Livingston

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for attending a rally on behalf of sick patients, angry taxpayers, and all New Jerseyans alike. As usual, this 4/20 rally brought out a mixture of inspirational, thoughtful, and silly speakers and attendees.

We respectfully ask that Chris Christie quit wasting taxpayer money by locking up peaceful people.

We are especially outraged that he would add to the difficulties of parents with extremely sick children. We are shocked that Christie would put his presidential ambitions (and the supposed desires of 2016 Iowa Caucus attendees) above the needs of sick patients (especially children with seizure disorders) and ordinary New Jerseyans who might enjoy a smoke instead of a martini.

Chris Christie must stop bullying New Jerseyans. Just because he has a prosecutorial background and a history of picking on the underdogs and the unpopular doesn't make it ok. Might does not make right.

Tell Chris Christie to stop making life harder for victims of cancer, MS, ALS, Parkinson's and Crohn's.

He is a bully and he should learn compassion.

Apr. 21 2014 09:02 AM

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