Governor Phil Murphy ordered broader access to medical marijuana in New Jersey, saying roadblocks by his predecessor Chris Christie had stifled patients’ relief.
Murphy, a Democrat who took office on Jan. 16, authorized a review of additional conditions that may qualify for marijuana therapy.
“Other states leaped past us,” Murphy, 60, said of marijuana policy. “Politics replaced compassion and care.”
Christie, a two-term Republican, inherited New Jersey’s medical-marijuana program from his Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine.