Medical marijuana supporters mark grim anniversary

TRENTON – Supporters of medical marijuana marked the 10th anniversary today of the passing of a passionate advocate of medical cannabis to alleviate debilitating conditions.

Cheryl Miller succumbed to multiple sclerosis on June 7, 2003.

The supporters said the state has done little to fully implement the program. But just Thursday, the Health Department announced its approval of a second alternative treatment center in Egg Harbor.

The crowd demonstrating today at the Statehouse was holding signs reading “pain is pain-its source is irrelevant,” and “how about you wait three years for your medicine,” with the latter referring to the amount of time that has passed since the compassionate use of medical marijuana bill was signed into law.

The members said restrictive regulations, low participation rates by physicians in the registry, few open dispensaries, a long waiting list, and low marijuana strains are among the biggest problems.

Megan Wilson, mother of Vivian Wilson, the 2-year-old girl who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, said she has considered moving to Colorado to gain access to higher quality medical marijuana. Her daughter suffers seizures 15 times a day.

“Vivian has been chronically ill,” she said. “This state has not been compassionate. We can’t wait forever.”

Her daughter’s experiences prompted Democratic lawmakers to sponsor a bill to open up the program to young kids. That bill was released from committee on Thursday.

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