Dear Editor,

Compassionate Sciences, Inc. a New Jersey medical marijuana business with former Gov. Whitman’s brother Webster Todd on it’s Board of Trustees, should not be allowed to purchase it’s Atlantic County competitor, Compassionate Care Foundation.

Compassionate Care Foundation, which operates a dispensary in Egg Harbor Township has had financial troubles. But that does not justify it's takeover by another politically connected company now also questionably employing John O’Brien, the former Executive Director of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.

Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal for all purposes. Under the 1983 US Supreme Court case Michigan Canners & Freezers v. Agricultural Bd, it is unlawful for a state government to explicitly license and regulate an activity that violates federal law. Therefore, New Jersey can only remove state level criminal penalties.

Requiring patients to register and all sales to be tracked additionally violates the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination affirmed in the 1969 US Supreme Court Case Leary v. United States.

New Jersey has violated federal law by creating a politically operated racketeering scheme and cartel, victimizing seriously-ill patients with a monopoly designed to make high profits for the politically connected, at the expense of sick people.

Eric Hafner
Toms River