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Battle Over Medical Marijuana Pits State-vs-Federal Government

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Hackensack, New Jersey (My9NJ) - 14 year-old medical marijuana patient Jack Stormes and his Mom Jennie have been battling the state of New Jersey to try and expand the medical marijuana program so that edible forms of medical marijuana are available for children who need it.

Jack suffers from dravet syndrome which essential causes massive seizures which could lead to brain damage on top of other serious conditions.

Jennie says that her story has taken a possibly dangerous turn over the last few months. She said that Jack had a bad reaction to prescription drugs and was taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center where they were told that because of their policies, Jack had to either stop taking his medical marijuana immediately, or he couldn’t stay there.

“They gave us two options, leave and you can continue taking your marijuana or you can stay in the hospital and you have to stop. So abruptly stopping a medication that’s effective and working is very dangerous,” Jennie explained.

This problem seems to be present in most states with legalized medical marijuana where the use of it is legal within the state, but it’s still illegal on a federal level. So if there is a conflict, which laws do you actually follow? When faced with possible legal issues many are siding with the federal government.

Jennie took her concerns to a town hall with Governor Christie but he disagreed with her stance and said that the feds would not interfere with New Jersey’s program.

“Hospitals are afraid of the feds right now because their state hasn’t authorized them to do it and so listen, we’re not gonna get into a debate back and forth about this, we obviously have a disagreement about this,” Christie said to Jennie.

In a statement, Dr. Jeffery Boscamp, Chairman of Pediatrics at the Joseph Sanzari Childrens Hospital said: “We’re in a very difficult position. We want to help patients, but it’s illegal under Federal Law to dispense schedule 1 drugs. All of our licenses are at risk unless we have Dept. of Justice clearance.”

There’s no apparent end in sight and there’s plenty of places to point fingers. Meanwhile people who need medical marijuana in New Jersey are still struggle to get it as the state and federal government continue to battle it out.


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