Christie: 'Quack Doctors' Won't Prescribe Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

Governor has not decided whether to ease medical marijuana access for minors

Gov. Chris Christie, in Seaside Park, addresses medical marijuana policies in New Jersey. (Video: Daniel Nee)
Gov. Chris Christie, in Seaside Park, addresses medical marijuana policies in New Jersey. (Video: Daniel Nee)
If there's one thing Gov. Chris Christie is sure about, it's this: New Jersey's marijuana policies will not become like Colorado's or California's.

Christie said Tuesday that he would never sign a bill legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, nor would he lessen restrictions on medical marijuana – which is legal in the Garden State – to the point where access to the substance is as easy to obtain as in states such as California.

"I am not going to turn this into a place where people fly into Newark airport, drive someplace, claim to have a migraine from a quack doctor and get high," said Christie, at an unrelated event in Seaside Park. "That's not happening in our state. That's happening, by the way, every day in Colorado and California, and I'm not going to permit it in this state, not as a former federal prosecutor."

Christie did not say whether or not he would sign a bill which is currently on his desk that would make medical marijuana more accessible to children.

Under the state's current medical marijuana law, access is permitted to children with the consent of three medical doctors. The pending law would change that policy to require just one physician to consent.

"As for children, I'm very reluctant," Christie said. "I've said this before. I'm very reluctant to go down this slope."

"If folks can't get physicians to sign off on this, then that tells me something."

Christie said medical marijuana usage should be used "as a last resort, not as a first resort" for patients.

He said his counsel's office is currently reviewing S-2842, the bill which would lessen the three-physician restriction for children, and that he would make a decision at a later date.
joe July 03, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I bet he smokes it. How else would he get so big... from the munchies!
Luvy July 03, 2013 at 08:47 AM
So ridiculous. Pain killers and prescription drugs are killing people right and left and he has no problem with that. If this is going to help seriously ill people deal with pain, why should he restrict it in any way. Very closed minded attitude.
Frank July 03, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Its not working anyways. I have my card since Dec. 2012 am nd still have not gotten a call from the dispensary. They are 6 months behind in seeing their patients.
Ken Wolski July 03, 2013 at 10:57 AM
The law does not require that marijuana be used as a last resort except in certain cases. It is unconstitutional for the governor to change a law like that.
frazeyp@gmail.com July 03, 2013 at 11:34 AM
He's a liar. It's not happening all over those 2 states at all. Not in Colorado at all. In cali, yes there is abuse on some beaches but also not the whole state. WHy does he never mention any of the other states then? Oregon has a very good program. Under christie chemo patients cannot get this medicine. This is simply a bully not allowing something solely because he doesn't like it. We don't deserver a governor who is so hateful of people.
Robert Chase July 03, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Christie is a fascist idiot, and his canard about medicinal cannabis for children ("I'm very reluctant to go down this slope") will probably cause the deaths of some who desperately need it. Here in Colorado, we have relatively few patients who are minors; two physicians must recommend cannabis, at the instigation of their parent or guardian, before it can be recommended. For an example of why some kids need medicinal cannabis, please read the story of Charlotte Figi, who suffers from Dravet's syndrome, one of several refractory epilepsies of youth: http://gazette.com/medicinal-marijuana-stops-seizures-brings-hope-to-a-little-black-forest-girl/article/1502070 . Cannabis successfully controls seizures in Charlotte, who was in in status epilepticus, and whose prognosis was so poor her parents had signed a do-not-resuscitate order based on inadequately informed medical advice.
frazeyp@gmail.com July 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Christie is ALL about harming anyone he doesn't like. In this case, he doesn't like this medicine and anyone who needs it. It is really a shame he cannot be impeached, over this alone he should be impeached and tried for crimes against humanity.
Wayne Kerr July 03, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Hey Christie, say good-bye to your job. Supporting cannabis reform is no longer political suicide but opposing cannabis reform is. Bye-bye...
roxanne jack July 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Christie should of done more about the New Jersey doctors who are responsible for addiction to prescription. I'm saddened that since he took office I really believed he would of been the one who would of made changes with the NJ State Board Of Medical Examiners. They are the ones who decide what actions are taken against a NJ doctors gross negligence and medical malpractice. How many people go on the medical boards website and see how guilty doctors are disciplined. You will be shocked and disgusted to see the lenient form of punishments this appointed medical board gives in ways of consent orders. A guilty doctor doesn't face a judge or a jury so therefore there's no justice. My sister died because her primary care doctor over prescribed oxycontin and oxycodone. Her prescribed dose was 2,160 tablets monthly along with anywhere between 240-480 depending on the mg of xanax monthly. The state now wants to talk about the new program it has in place called the database system. They say this will put a stop to doctor shopping but I say stop putting the blame on the addicts and do something about the doctors that have created the addiction in the first place. Now some NJ doctors are scared they might have to finally justify before writing or sending scripts electronically. Maybe the new program will help some, but what happens to the people that were getting the scripts legally and not doctor shopping. I am not talking about people with a serious illness, I would never judge them. I do know my sister is not the only one to loose her life. All the scripts she was given with such deadly doses was dispensed from one pharmacy. My point is my sister didn't have to die she went to sleep and never woke up. The governor is worried about quack doctors writing medical marijuana scripts maybe he needs to review the Board Of Medical Examiners website and check out the summary of board actions. Too many NJ doctors are writing and selling narcotic prescriptions. Now that the state finally updated it's website with current dates you won't believe your eyes. My sister died buy the reason she died I can't let die. I don't object to medical marijuana nor do I believe all NJ doctors are bad. Addiction is deadly and death is so final.
john July 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
This is an illegal drug...and all he is trying to do is make sure that if NJ is allowing marijuana for medical use that it is used for just that reason.If you have a medical condition and need it...you can get it..he is just making it harder for all you stoners. stop crying about it..and as for him not being a good governor...he is a great one..and will be elected as the next governor again.
Peter July 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Christie has so messed up the program that the 1000 patients, all suffering from serious illness, have no access whatsoever. Only one ATC opened due to the interference by Christie int he program, and that one ATC says they will serve only patients in north Jersey and have shut down, for the time being, due to "supply" problems. Many,many more patients with serious illness would join the program but Christie's interference in the program has made it very hard for their doctors to join the program and has made it too expensive for the patients to join and afford the medicine, assuming it was even available. So that's why we are crying about it. It is a totally broken program thanks to Christie. If he had left it alone and followed the law it would still be the strictest program in the country. In my opinion, I'd rather have a situation like Colorado, with perhaps some abuse of the program, rather than have ours where no patient, no matter how much in need, can get access.
Gene July 03, 2013 at 06:25 PM
@john Marijuana for leisure use is illegal why? Maybe you should sometimes get a buzz from a few cold ones? Stoners vs drunks? What is your point?
theresa barnett July 03, 2013 at 10:40 PM
You Go Roxanne Jack!
frazeyp@gmail.com July 03, 2013 at 10:49 PM
John- how can you call him great, when his governance, his big conservative rules and government cause the program to be an abject failure. After nearly 4 years, only a slim number of patients can get the relatively weak medicine. This means people have died because there are some patients who are alive due to cannabis. How is he different than a common murderer? He actively thru his policies prevents people from getting medicine that keeps them alive or removes their chemo and other related pains. So that they have to suffer for no reason. How can you call him great?
Tom Cular July 03, 2013 at 11:09 PM
My late wife was on 3 anti-emetic drugs while undergoing chemo, does anyone really think I would give a damn about Christie and the legality if it made her feel human and be able to hold down a glass of water
Tom Cular July 03, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Christie should vomit for the next 45 days while he' reviewing the bill. Who in the world does he think he is, making medical decisions?
theresa barnett July 03, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Imet a man several years ago in a hospital. The man was a Viet Nam Vet ,he got around the hospital on a gurty,amputy up to his hips .John would be wheeled to a closed door room to smoke his as he would say joints. When he would come out I'd ask ,"John,what does it do you"? John said,"It just alters my mind after it wears off I'm in hell again.'' "Thedoctor says half of my pain is in my head, yet he has me on a million pills." WELL WELCOME TO NJ GANSTER MENTALITY AND ALL.
bg robbins July 03, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Does he have to be so harsh?......A lot of people have said it's a tremendous help dealing wtih chemotherapy , improving appetite, etc.....If it helps people survive cancer, why shouldn't it be made available.
Jason Morello July 04, 2013 at 12:27 AM
CC should be forced to take pain killers for 3 months and then go thou detox and then we will see if he thinks MMJ should be used as a "Last Resort". If you read his body lang you can tell that he has no plans to approve anything, as he says the words will decide in 45 days he's shaking his head no. His mind is made up we need to make a change in trenton at this point anybody would be better for NJ than this guy.
Marilyn S. July 04, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Chris Christie thinks he is God! If it isn't this topic, it's another. Do us a favor Christie and go to another state. I'm so sorry I ever voted for this loser. Stop controlling people's lives. It's all about him and not the people of New Jersey. Christie you are pathetic!!!!!!
Joe Voll July 04, 2013 at 08:32 AM
just move to Colorado. enough of this shit.
Gene July 04, 2013 at 08:47 AM
The only reason his approval rating is up, is because of his photo ops with Obama. Probably worked for both of them. People are sick of the obstructionist 10% approval rating, Republican congress not working with the president, so this occasion seemed like a good opportunity for a bipartisan breath of fresh air for the nation as a whole. The last thing that the shore area needed was political bickering. He is still a bozo who believes that his draconian, my way or the highway, brand of thinking is right for all the residents of this state. The democratic politicians who back him, seem to be riding that 'train ' of temporary bipartisan euphoria for their own political gains. Where is their backbone?
Mark Lipinski July 04, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Coming from a "quack governor," that's saying something! LOL
Aaron Erik July 04, 2013 at 09:37 AM
You need to make the video of this blowhard public so we can share it and make it viral! Please do so!
theresa barnett July 04, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Do you think they want you to go to the drug lords so they have reason to lock you up ,because it creates a job for somebody.
Mark Farti July 04, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Less government, more government...Make up your mind. BTW...Your being a lawyer isn't a selling point.
frazeyp@gmail.com July 04, 2013 at 12:08 PM
The sad is that he has so much support, to the extent that Barbara isnt really running. Joe I wish I could move to Colorado, but I have work here. It would not be easy or feasible to move at my age but it's something I do want to do. Because we will be stuck with this criminal, I call him a criminal, because he is responsible for the death of patients who need cannabis to survive for 3 more years come November, barring a miracle by God. like that band breaking or something. But we mustn't talk like that, we have to be nice, we can't stoop to that animals level.
Robert Chase July 04, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Edward Snowden's revelations that successive presidential administrations, the entire Congress, the NSA, and FBI have been subverting the Constitution should impel every citizen of our country to abandon the Fascist and Collaborationist Parties. On this Independence Day, please reflect on the fact that this supposed "land of the free" is the least free country on Earth in terms of the proportion of our population living free of a cell (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prisoner_population_rate_world_map.png ) and leave the two criminal political parties that hold American Freedom hostage.
Elaine July 08, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I don't even smoke the stuff, but doesn't he see the irony in this? Christie would rather have people use addictive, dangerous narcotics as a first resort and a plant as a last resort?
Bob Spez July 13, 2013 at 03:40 PM
As of June, 2013 only 140 people in total had gotten access to medical marijuana in NJ. This is in a program that was passed by the electorate in 2010. It's obvious that Christie has basically prevented this law from being implemented properly. More than 140 people a night can buy marijauna in any neighborhood in NJ. It's only a $500 fine to possess an ounce. Christie is single handedly keeping the drug dealers in business.


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