NJ Senate, Assembly OK medical marijuana delay

(AP) - Lawmakers have approved a plan to delay thestart of New Jersey's legal medical marijuana program by threemonths.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie asked for the delay. The stateSenate approved it 27-5 on Monday. The Assembly followed suit witha 71-1 vote with six abstentions Tuesday morning.

The Legislature passed earlier this year a law to allow patientswith certain chronic conditions to buy pot from alternativetreatment centers. Legal sales were to start in October.

The delay allows health officials to write regulations. It alsomay give politicians time to consider a different model for theprogram.

Christie has suggested having the marijuana grown at RutgersUniversity and distributed by hospitals.

Medical marijuana advocates oppose the delay.

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