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Does Jersey's medical marijuana program violate federal law?

Jake Browne, general manager of The Releaf Center, a Denver medical marijuana center, smells a marijuana bud in his dispensary on Thursday, July 29, 2010. The Releaf Center has 2,600 patients and is prepared to grow enough marijuana to stay in business, but Browne said many dispensaries won't be able to meet the requirement. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) AP Photo, file

Does Jersey's medical marijuana program violates federal law?
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(CBS/AP) TRENTON, N.J. - Though many pot smokers were celebrating their unofficial 420 holiday on Wednesday,  New Jersey wants to know if its medical marijuana program violates federal law.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports state Attorney General Paula Dow's office sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Dow asked whether those licensed to sell or grow marijuana and the state workers who will administer the program would face arrest.

The request comes after Washington State's governor last week threatened to veto legislation that requires state employees to implement a marijuana licensing system. The Justice Department had warned that state employees could be liable for breaking federal law.

New Jersey Democrats and Republican Governor Chris Christie have been at odds over how to implement the medical marijuana program.

Christie has imposed regulations that would tighten access.

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