Ricardo Rivera was alone, surrounded by a crush of media and lobbyists, when he watched the unveiling Monday of a bill that would fully legalize marijuana in New Jersey.
Rivera’s daughter, Tuffy, 10, is a licensed medical marijuana patient who uses cannabis for seizures under the state’s seven-year-old program. But Tuffy’s medicine costs nearly $600 a month, at about $300 an ounce, and Rivera was hopeful the bill would allow people to cultivate their own plants and save money.
He left disappointed and determined to fight for a better bill.
“We were the first state in the country to not allow home growing when we passed the medical marijuana bill. Now, we’re doing it all over again, and that’s pretty upsetting,” the Oaklyn resident said in an interview last week.