Medical Marijuana: Delays Cause Confusion in New Jersey
Though the feds have come down on California dispensaries, including Oakland's Harborside Health Center, other states are pushing ahead with prescription pot initiatives.
New Jersey, in fact, is so down with medical marijuana that one lawmaker has criticized state bureaucracy for taking too long to roll out a program.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a Trenton Dem, has called for hearings to explain the delays, as the first pot shop was supposed to open in July 2011 but won't be operational until August, as detailed by The Associated Press.
It's unclear when this hearing will take place.
A lot of the delays in New Jersey's medical marijuana program stem from officials' confusion about regulations, as well as waiting periods for towns to grant permits to dispensaries.
Elsewhere in the weed world, the Arizona Republic is reporting that the state's health officials might add post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and migraines to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana is permitted. The Department of Health and Human Services is slated to issue a decision this week.
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