New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana despite his concerns over whether federal authorities could prosecute state regulators, the AP reports.
New Jersey legalized marijuana for patients with certain conditions last year as Gov. Jon Corzine was leaving office. But the law’s implementation was delayed as the state labored over regulatory details.
Last month Christie said he wanted assurance from federal prosecutors that they won’t pursue criminal charges against state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs before he agreed to implement the law.
He didn’t get that assurance, but says he doesn’t believe federal authorities will expend limited resources to go after people complying with state law.