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Medical Marijuna Law Changes Approved

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 9, 2013

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The New Jersey Assembly has given final approval to a measure that makes some changes in the state’s medical marijuana law.

The bill includes the revisions recommended by Governor Christie when he conditionally vetoed the legislation.

Lawrenceville resident Rowyn Capers has glaucoma and needs medical marijuana to keep her ocular pressure steady.

She’s pleased the law will allow dispensaries to grow and sell more strains of marijuana.

 “People like me who have to function during the day and speak to people don’t function that well only on high THC. I need that CBD mixed in that so I’m not completely stoned all the time especially having to medicate every two to three hours around the clock.”

Hope Township resident Jennie Stormes wants medical marijuana for her 14-year-old son Jackson who suffers seizures from a severe form of epilepsy.

She’s concerned that an edible form of marijuana the law will allow can only be authorized for children.

 “Once you turn 18 you’re technically an adult so what happens at that time? My son has the mental capacity of a five year old. Do you really want a five year old smoking? He doesn’t understand it. He also has oxygen. So does he light up to treat his epilepsy while his oxygen is running because that can blow him up.”

Lawmakers who sponsored the bill say they’ll continue to work to make more changes to the medical marijuana law.

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