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1 US NJ: Advocates Vs State Vs FedsThu, 07 Jul 2011
Source:Advertiser-News, The (NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:101 Added:07/09/2011

Dispensing in NJ at a Standstill As Questions Are Still Unanswered

TRENTON -- Advocates say they will consider suing the state if Gov. Chris Christie continues to stand in the way of implementing a law that legalizes marijuana for medical use.

But they're not enthusiastic about that possibility.

"I would hope that would be a last option. A court case can drag on for years and our concern is patients having access now," said Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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2 US NJ: Group Aims To Grow Medical MarijuanaThu, 11 Nov 2010
Source:Advertiser-News, The (NJ) Author:Tucker, Becca Area:New Jersey Lines:167 Added:11/12/2010

Cannabis proponents come out of the shadows, put heads together

Wantage -- When Prohibition was repealed, mailmen used Mack trucks to haul the applications for liquor licenses over to City Hall. The "green rush" that's about to happen in New Jersey, which recently became the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana, will be on a smaller scale, thanks to a $20,000 price tag for a growers license and a laundry list of restrictions.

Darrell Milligan, who suffers from constant muscle spasms, and his fledgling Sussex County nonprofit North Jersey Compassionate Care are determined to secure one of the six state licenses to be issued shortly by the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Eight people, aged 23 to 71, showed up for the group's second meeting, Nov. 3 at the Sussex-Wantage Library.

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3 US NJ: LTE: Dad Pens Open Letter Favoring Drug Testing One Life Saved Would Be MThu, 23 Oct 2008
Source:Advertiser-News, The (NJ) Author:Vindler, William J. Area:New Jersey Lines:57 Added:10/24/2008

Please consider this just one dad's opinion on random drug testing at Vernon High School.

Having put four children through the Vernon school system since 1979, I have nothing but the utmost respect and faith in the administration and staff. However, under the current laws, they can only do so much to circumvent potential problems with drug use by the students.

During his freshman year, my son's suspected use was brought to my attention by the school. At that time I took him for drug testing and counseling. Unfortunately, he was aware that he was going to be tested and the test was negative. Eventually, we discovered that he was using drugs. In and out of rehab since 2000, he suffered through the effects and demons that his drug use caused. Unfortunately, his family suffered along with him. His use of marijuana, crack, cocaine and finally heroin finally came to end in May of this year. On Wednesday, May 28, 2008, I received a call that my son had been found dead as the result of a drug overdose. He was laid to rest at the tender age of 26.

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4 US NJ: PUB LTE: Teacher Is Against Drug Testing It Is Undemocratic, The Easy WayWed, 22 Oct 2008
Source:Advertiser-News, The (NJ) Author:Lightcap, George Area:New Jersey Lines:74 Added:10/24/2008

Though the phrase has become cliche, it is no less true that "with great power comes great responsibility." Though the Vernon Township Board of Education indeed has the power to impose random drug testing upon the general population of students, passage of such imposition is an abuse of this power.

Public education is one of the true miracles of our democracy. Within this 13-year crucible our children are taught the rules that will guide their lives and set the course for our nation's future. It is our responsibility as adults to provide models of citizenship and moral reasoning to our children that they may grow to perpetuate and continue to perfect our society.

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5 US NJ: LTE: Drug Testing Policy Makes SenseWed, 22 Oct 2008
Source:Advertiser-News, The (NJ) Author:Beaver, Barrie Area:New Jersey Lines:78 Added:10/24/2008

After having read the feature (front page) article in the Vernon Advertiser-News of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, I felt a response was in order.

Since the inception of Vernon High School some 30+ years ago, school boards of the past and evidently of the present, have failed to recognize and admit to the pervasive drug problem that exists today in the younger population of our culture and particularly in our high school student population including Vernon Twp. High School. In spite of their "head-in-the-sand" mentality, illegal drugs are bought and sold daily in our schools.

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