Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Families urge Gov. Christie to improve access to medical marijuana


WHO: Medical marijuana patients, families and advocates
WHAT: Deliver mail to the Governor
WHEN:     Thursday, August 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
WHERE:    NJ Statehouse, Room 109, and the Governor’s office
WHY:       To urge Gov. Christie to sign S2842 and improve access to medical marijuana

Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey will gather at the Trenton Statehouse in Room 109 at 2:00 pm Thursday, August 1, 2013, to deliver several thousand letters to Governor Chris Christie, urging him to sign S2842, a bill that will improve access to medical marijuana.

Brian and Meghan Wilson’s two-year-old daughter, Vivian, is a registered medical marijuana patient who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a seizure disorder that does not respond to traditional medical treatment. New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was passed in part to treat this very type of disorder. However, Vivian has not been able to access the type of marijuana that she needs, in a form that is appropriate for a toddler, because of New Jersey’s overly restrictive regulations.  The Wilsons are coordinating this event along with Jennie Stormes, the mother of 14-year-old Jackson Stormes who also suffers from Dravet Syndrome. The families have been asking the public to tell the governor to sign the bill through the web site: http://lettersforvivian.org/

S2842 will eliminate the current limit of only three strains of marijuana that are permitted to be sold in New Jersey and allow a type of marijuana that is specifically grown to control seizures without the psychotropic, or “high” effect.  S2842 will also allow for medicated edible products, such as tincture, oil or butter, which is a more appropriate drug delivery method for a minor, or for those who prefer not to smoke. Additionally, S2842 will simplify access to medical marijuana for New Jersey minors who have qualifying conditions by only requiring a single licensed physician to recommend marijuana, instead of the three (3) physicians who are required under the current regulations.

 S2842 was fast-tracked through the Senate and Assembly in a single month, June 2013, and is now on Governor Christie’s desk awaiting action by him within 45 days (by Aug. 8, 2013).

For further information, contact:

Ken Wolski, RN: 609-394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com
Brian Wilson: 201-577-2513, Emperorwilson@yahoo.com
Jennie Stormes: 209-327-3366, jennie@afnna.com

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits medical marijuana.
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