TRENTON — Jennie Stormes said she has planned her last protest over New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.
The Warren County mother has held a demonstration outside the Statehouse every Thursday since July 10 in the hope her palm cards, posters and photos of her 15-year-old son Jackson would draw attention to his plight. In addition to his prescribed medications, Jackson needs a steady, carefully measured oral dose of cannabis to help control his potentially deadly seizure disorder, Dravet syndrome. With the program’s limitations there is no guarantee he’ll always have it, Stormes said.
So it was with a little sadness that Stormes greeted the 20 other activists who participated in the weekly protest today, this one held outside the nearby Department of Health building. Stormes, her son, and her 18-year-old daughter Sidnee are moving to Colorado Springs, Col. on Oct. 19.
She is joining the 200-plus medical refugee families from all over the world in order to be within driving distance to a thriving medical cannabis program. Many of the children suffer from epilepsy and Realm of Caring, a cultivator in Colorado Springs grows a strain that appears to be help prevent seizures.
“We shouldn’t have to leave, but we are,” said Stormes, 46, a nurse.
The epiphany came last month when they flew out to Colorado last month to get a second opinion from a physician.
“He asked me, ‘Why aren’t you here? I said because I live in New Jersey and I am changing things in New Jersey. He basically said, so are you going to save the world and your son is going to die? It hit home. What am I waiting for, when I can just go to a state like Colorado and have the medicine my son needs?”
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