Assembly plans vote rebuking Christie over medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly may rebuke the Christie administration’s handling of the state’s medical marijuana program.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution that says Gov. Chris Christie’s Health Department has placed “arbitrary and unnecessary” restrictions on the program.

The vote comes just a day after Christie criticized the notion of legalizing marijuana in order to gain a tax windfall, calling it “blood money.”

Lawmakers contend administration regulations, like requiring doctors who prescribe marijuana to register on public lists, hurt the program.

Lawmakers are set to vote on two additional marijuana bills. One adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of authorized medical conditions for the drug. The other authorizes treatment facilities to transfer medical marijuana in order to meet demand.

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