Gubernatorial debate finds accord on medical marijuana, salary refusal

October 11, 2005

Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine and Douglas Forrester would sign a medical-marijuana law if elected governor, and neither would accept their $175,000 governor's salary, they said in a debate last night.

The 90-minute debate, sponsored by Millennium Radio News and heard on New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) and other Millennium-owned stations, featured a mix of moderator and listener questions. It was the second of three head-to-head matchups scheduled before the Nov. 8 election.

Corzine and Forrester fielded questions on a variety of predictable topics - including property taxes, school funding, and the beleaguered state pension system - and a few queries on less-anticipated issues.

Both said they would sign a medical-marijuana bill if it reached the governor's desk. One such proposal has stalled in the Legislature.

"With respect to providing relief under doctor's supervision, under the proper circumstances, I think we need to provide all medical resources, and that includes what is emerging now with regard to this particular application," said Forrester, the Republican nominee. "So, yes, I'm very much open to that."

Said Corzine, the Democratic nominee: "I believe medical marijuana is something that, if a doctor prescribes it, we need to do what is in the best interest of the patient. It's a tragedy when you're not giving the best medication to an individual."

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