Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Jersey medical marijuana regulations expected

New Jersey medical marijuana regulations expected

by Chris Goldstein - NJ residents who may qualify for legal medical cannabis have been looking forward to October 1, 2010. After legislators granted a 90-day delay to the program, this is now when patients hope to see some progress.

Yet, 10/1/2010 is not a deadline. Technically the state has a 30-day window in which to act.

For some, the delay was already too much. Vietnam Veteran Robert “Bob” Van Sant Jr. of Jackson, NJ passed away in August from cancer. Both the disease and the attempted treatments racked his body.

Bob Van Sant’s friend Anne Davis of NORML-NJ visited him frequently in the final days of his Hospice Care. Bob died wishing he had legal access to medical marijuana; he would not break the law.

Ken Wolski RN, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ) hears more of these stories.

“All too frequently relatives of terminally ill cancer patients call me on the phone. They describe the awful sufferings their loved ones are going through and they ask me when marijuana will be legally available for them. I have to tell them it won't be, not for months yet. Invariably, there is a long silence on the other end of the line.”


1 comment:

  1. When will we see some bit of information from the beauracracy? How much longer can they stretch out the regulations? Will we be able to obtain medical marijuana before the end of this year? I have so many questions, and am exausted trying to obtain decent quality of life.