NJ medical marijuana expands; here’s how it helped Howell boy dying of brain cancer

Michael Diamond | July 2, 2019 | Asbury Park Press |

 

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Gov. Phil Murphy Tuesday signed a bill that overhauls New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, eliminating restrictions that advocates said threw wrenches in patients’ bids to find relief.

The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act increases the amount of marijuana patients can purchase each month from 2 ounces to 3 ounces; removes limits for terminally ill patients; and legalizes edible forms of the drug.

“Our biggest obstacle was running out of medicine, something that no parent should ever have to endure,” said Mike Honig, a Howell resident whose son, Jake, died at age 7 of brain cancer and is the bill’s namesake.

“Your child goes through everything that’s asked. Surgeries. Radiation. Chemotherapy. And then when it comes time where you can no longer save his life, all you can do is keep him comfortable, you should be allowed to do that.”

 

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