Is New Jersey's medicinal marijuana program working the way it should be?

Medical Marijuana (David McNew, Getty Images)

Currently, only three dispensaries are open, and two of them have had trouble growing ample quantities of pot for patients. But, Governor Christie (R-NJ) believes the program is working and said it will not be expanded.

Supporters of medical marijuana in the Garden State, however, are not happy.

"Right now, New Jersey's medicinal marijuana program is a failure, because they have only managed to get medical marijuana out to a couple of hundred patients in the entire state of New Jersey, three full years after this law became effective," said the CEO of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey, Ken Wolski.

"Some reports have the quality of the marijuana coming from these alternative treatment centers to be less than ideal and the price is very expensive - patients are priced out of this system."

He pointed out there are more than 25,000 hospice patients in New Jersey, who will die within the next 6 months, and almost all of them could benefit from medical marijuana.

"None of them can get it because it's so restrictive, and it takes so long just to go through the process," Wolski said. "When you only have six months to live, every moment is precious."

He also said the governor's announcement indicating the program will not be expanded, because supporters of medicinal pot are only really interested in legalizing it, is bogus.

"First of all, half the people in the country want to legalize marijuana," said Wolski. "And, second of all, what difference does it make what else people want besides a working medicinal marijuana program? It's completely irresponsible of Governor Christie to oppose this law - to put roadblocks in front of the implementation of this law because he doesn't agree with marijuana therapy."

Wolski added that he believes it is very important to expand this program because patients are suffering without it, and in some cases they're dying without it.