Dear Editor,

Having suffered from multiple sclerosis for the last 16 years and knowing first hand the benefits of medical marijuana, I am appalled at the way the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is handling the case of patient Eric Hafner.

Eric Hafner is a 20 year old PTSD Patient from Fair Haven, now residing in California. He was arrested back in November in Middletown Twp. for possession of about a joint worth of Medical Marijuana and his pipe. He recently had to return to NJ for court.

Mr. Hafner's doctor has prescribed him medical marijuana and he is recognized by the State of California as a legal patient. One would think that would be the end of the case as it is painfully obvious that Mr. Hafner is a patient and should be left alone.

Not so in Monmouth County. Despite the fact that our neighboring state of Delaware explicitly recognizes PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, the New Jersey authorities want patients to wait two-years before even being able to file a petition to have PTSD listed as a qualifying condition under New Jersey's already overly restrictive medical marijuana program.

The Prosecutor seems to be sticking his head in the sand on this issue. They have tried to push a so-called deal on Mr. Hafner – offering he could enter a program designed for drug addicts known as the, “Conditional Discharge” and pay them over $2,000 in fines. Mr. Hafner is not a “drug addict”, he is a patient using a legal medicine prescribed by his doctor.

I urge all who support medical marijuana to call Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw at 732-431-7160 ext 7522 and tell him to drop the charges against Eric Hafner in Middletown Municipal Court because Mr. Hafner is a patient, not a criminal.

 

Charles Kwiatkowski

Hazlet, NJ