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Puff, Puff, Pass: Chris Christie Lifts Suspension of NJ Medical Marijuana Program

Governor Chris Christie says he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana as New Jersey becomes the 16th state to approve medical marijuana use.

According to, the governor was concerned because federal law prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana. Christie has never been fond of this program. It was passed by the Democratic legislature last year, and signed by Gov. Jon Corzine on his final day in office.

New Jersey's doctors will be able to legally prescribe marijuana to patients suffering from a specific list of illnesses including HIV and cancer if other treatments have failed.

This is a big step forward for people who need to puff away to relieve the pain. However, New Jersey does prohibit home-growing of cannabis.