New Jersey’s medical marijuana battle rages on and this time the focus is on the kids. Parents of sick children and some legislatures took to the Trenton State Capital yesterday to try and change the medical marijuana laws so that kids can get access to the medicinal treatments they need.
New proposed legislation would allow the parents of sick children to purchase the marijuana, that’s currently unavailable in New Jersey, from other states where it’s legal.
At the press conference parents shared their heartbreaking experiences about the struggles that they are facing, and the ongoing concerns for their children’s health that could possibly be alleviated by different forms of medical marijuana. Many are dealing with unimaginable challenges including: children who are very young, others who have been dealing with this struggle for a long time, and even those who already lost their battle.
“I never thought that my daughter would only celebrate one birthday, one Christmas, one Halloween, and put her feet in the ocean once. The only thing she had two of was Christmas dresses, her second one was worn in her casket,” one father recalled.
The parents of Joey Mathewson, who was in a coma for four months and prescribed over 20 different medications, hope that if Governor Christie could just hear their story or meet their son, that he may have a change of heart.
“If he was sitting in a room, like if he could see Joey and spend a day with him and just see what we have to go through I think he’d be more willing, then just hearing. I think if he visually had to see what the kids have to go through, I think he’d be more inclined to change something,” Joey’s mother pleaded.
As of now the bill is pending and it remains to be seen if they can get the votes to have it passed. Parents hope that if this bill does pass that their loved ones will be able to get the relief that they so desperately need.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!