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420 with CNW – Allow Patients to Grow Their Own Medical Marijuana, N.J. Advocates Say

2020 has so far been anything but easy. The year began as the Coronavirus tore through Asia, and in three months it has spread to all continents except Antarctica, infected over 700,000 people worldwide and left at least 40,000 dead. Most of us have never seen anything like this, and experts say that the virus may affect up to 70% of the world’s population before it runs its course.

Naturally, state and national governments have taken steps to curb the spread of the virus. Since it is transmitted through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, social distancing and self-isolation work best. People have been encouraged to stay indoors and only leave when they absolutely have to. All but the most essential businesses have also been ordered to shut down for the meantime as the world grapples with the pandemic.

However, several states have recognized that marijuana is essential, and have taken steps to ensure medical marijuana patients still get their medicine. These include online purchases, home deliveries and curbside pickups.

On Wednesday, the NJ Cannabis Insider hosted a webinar, and three of the state’s well-known cannabis industry leaders discussed the current situation and how to cater to medical marijuana patients. One of the ideas was allowing patients to grow their own medical marijuana, and how it would benefit them in these trying times.

The state’s original medical marijuana law has a provision letting patients grow up to six plants at home, but it was removed to improve the legislation’s chances at the ballot. Industry leaders say such a provision would now be a great help to medical marijuana patients.

“I talk to a lot of folks in the industry. A lot of people think that the industry is fighting this. I have not heard one credible source in the cannabis industry that is opposed,” says Bill Caruso, a founding member of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.

He states that the reservations elected officials have about home cultivation are valid due to the prospect of rogue growers feeding the black market with unregulated products. “But if we’re talking about allowing a patient to grow their own strain or something of that effect, I do think that there is an appetite for that.”

Jackie Cornell, Chief of Policy and Health Innovation for 1906, an edibles company, suggests that advocates needed to keep ‘the constant drumbeat of the patients’ needs and patients’ rights.’

“With everybody stuck at home, it’s a great opportunity for reaching out to your Senator, to your Assemblymember, to your mayor and your elected officials.”

It would be interesting to hear what industry players like Round Meadow Holdings Corp. and Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) have to say about this tricky scenario of tweaking marijuana policy in a way that wasn’t included in the enabling law.

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