To the editor:

My name is Charles Kwiatkowski. I live in Hazlet. I’m a father, a former computer programmer and a permanently-disabled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patient.

Medical Marijuana is the only medicine that allows me to both manage the painful symptoms of MS and still function as an active member of society. Prescription painkillers such as oxycontin completely knock me out and deprive my daughters of spending quality time with their father.

I am thankful that in January, New Jersey passed legislation to give myself and other seriously-ill patients safe, legal access to Medical Marijuana.

But I just learned that Governor Christie wants to delay the law’s implementation for at least a year (the bill is currently set to go into effect in late July). He is claiming that the state needs more time to put together the program.

Regardless, the simple fact is that I am sick right now. Not a year from now.

Until the law goes into effect, not only do I fear being arrested and incarcerated for using my medicine. I am also forced to navigate through a murky world of street dealers selling a product of unknown quality at vastly inflated black market prices – if I can get it at all.

If the state can’t get their act together as far as licensing dispensaries/growers and issuing patient identification cards in a reasonable amount of time, then seriously-ill patients with a doctor’s recommendation should be allowed to possess and at least temporarily grow their own medicine.

 

Charles Kwiatkowski
Hazlet, NJ