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Dedication Ceremony For Second New Jersey Medical Marijuana Center This Friday

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new jersey medical marijuana programCompassionate Care Foundation to Name Dispensary in Honor of Late Medical Marijuana Advocate Diane Riportella

EGG HARBOR—This Friday, October 18th, Compassionate Care Foundation will hold a ceremony to dedicate its soon-to-open medical marijuana dispensary to Diane Riportella, a medical marijuana advocate who lost her battle with ALS last year.  Officiating the ceremony will be William Thomas, CEO of Compassionate Care, and Paul Riportella, Diane’s husband.  The dispensary is located at 100 Century Drive in Egg Harbor Township.

Diane was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in September of 2007 and tirelessly promoted the use of medical marijuana in New Jersey, even as she fought her own battle with ALS.  In 2010, she testified before two state Senate committees about her personal experience with medical marijuana and the benefits the medicine could offer someone with her condition.  She died at home in September 2012 at the age of 56.

Her husband Paul Riportella says, “Diane fought long and hard to have this law passed in the state of New Jersey.  Compassionate Care will help so many people that are suffering in the South Jersey area, and beyond, and it will stand in tribute to her efforts.  I hope that people recognize what a triumph the opening of this site will be and how much medical marijuana can improve the lives of people suffering from tragic illnesses. I hope that this facility will reach all the patients who are desperately in need of the service it provides.”

“Diane was an inspiration,” said Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director for Drug Policy Alliance.  “She fought for medical marijuana for years.  As her disease progressed and she became more limited in her mobility, her husband Paul and her family helped her get to the State House in her wheelchair to advocate with legislators.  And when she was finally bedridden, she did interviews with reporters from her bed.   The opening of this Alternative Treatment Center is a testament to Diane’s passion and commitment to helping other patients.”

The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act became law in January of 2010.  The legislation allows patients suffering from certain debilitating and life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis to use and possess medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.  The bill also allows for the licensing of six Alternative Treatment Centers where qualifying patients can safely access medical marijuana.

Compassionate Care is expected to open later this month and will become New Jersey’s second operating Alternative Treatment Center. Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair was the first to open in December of 2012 and has served about 130 patients.

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  1. Thank you Paul for all your efforts. I’m sure Diane is very proud of you. I’m in South Jersey and just got my appointment at Egg Harbor. I want to thank Gov. Christie for nothing! I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and can’t wait to try a new treatment besides the daily injections I take. I would love to talk to anyone about MS or the Compassionate care Foundation. Please contact me at mes4353@live.com.
    Mary

  2. Thank you Paul for all your efforts. I’m sure Diane is very proud of you. I’m in South Jersey and just got my appointment at Egg Harbor. I want to thank Gov. Christie for nothing! I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and can’t wait to try a new treatment besides the daily injections I take. I would love to talk to anyone about MS or the Compassionate care Foundation. Please contact me at mes4353@live.com.
    Mary

  3. Are there really people who take Chris Christie seriously?

    And it’s my opinion that limiting the percentage of THC will just make for an ineffective medicine, and people will probably start cooking up ways to make it strong enough to work. I think Israel too has a THC limit in its MMJ program, and the program is limited to patients who have a “serious” or fatal condition. It’s like saying, here, this cancer patient deserves medicine more than this intractable pain patient. Is there a suffering scale?

    Maybe marijuana advocacy groups think that, once we have our foot in the door, we will be able to push for a more comprehensive program in New Jersey. Christie is in an interesting position, in that he is trying to appeal to a more general public, courting people on the right and people on the left. If the Republican name wasn’t so tarnished, medical cannabis advocacy through Christie would probably be impossible.

  4. As I wipe away a tear from reading this woman’s courageous story, I can’t help but wish that all of the pain patients in New Jersey could be celebrating too.

  5. I cannot understand why marijuana advocacy group are misrepresenting what a scam NJ’s medical program has become under Gov. Christie’s leadership. There are many problems here and a major issue is the arbitrary rules that have been added to the program by this governor. A prime example of this is his insistence to limit the THC amount to 10% for what is sold in the state sole dispensary. Another example is Gov. Christie recent signed a bill to allow children to have access to edibles but will not allow edibles for adults.

    He cannot have his cake and eat it too. He is no friend of marijuana and is no moderate politician in this regard. The truth regarding his stance was not reported by any advocacy sites. On Oct. 8th in a debate with Barbara Buono, Gov. Christie said “I do not want my children or the children of New Jersey to believe using marijuana is right or legal.” This is not a progressive opinion just some of the old reefer madness we all know. Also does not sound like a politician who should be featured on the Marijuana Majority website. Gov. Christie is a former prosecutor and has close alliance to the corporation that run halfway houses in New Jersey. I just feel people should be aware of truth on this issue. Not the spin.

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