Gov. Christie is moving forward with NJ’s medical marijuana program because he believes that NJ’s program won’t fall afoul of federal law.

Christie has been criticized for the slow pace of the program’s roll-out,  but several dispensaries have been shut down in other states–despite their being in compliance with state law.  The NJ dispensaries will likely still be in violation of federal law, and DOJ has been unclear as to whether they will shut down these dispensaries.

The current guidance?

“It is likely not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or their caregiver,” the department said.

That’s not a promise to leave the NJ dispensaries alone.