New Jersey's second medical marijuana dispensary in the state, and the first in South Jersey, opened its doors to patients this morning.
Vivian Wilson is a two and a half year old from Scotch Plains, Union County, who suffers from a severe form of epileptic seizures.
Meghan Wilson, the mother of the young patient, explained, "It is very hard on our family." But as of Monday morning, the family will be treating their daughter's condition with marijuana from the brand new Egg Harbor Township dispensary.
Meghan Wilson told NBC40, "No, listen to me, we are not trying to get her high - and nobody really wanted to hear it - but we did eventually find a very compassionate doctor who understood and was willing to see Vivian and register her with the program."
Bill Thomas, President and CEO of Compassionate Care Foundation, said, "We gave her a prescription that was recommended by three doctors for her."
After opening their doors to patients on Monday morning, Thomas said, "We have patients one every hour today. Tomorrow we are going to have 12 patients. The next day we have 20 patients, and then we will start with 32 patients a day."
Officials with the clinic say over 600 patients have registered, and over 250 appointments have already been booked.
While many patients are relieved South Jersey finally has its own dispensary, the Wilsons say Compassionate Care is not quite able to properly suit their daughter's medical needs.
Vivian’s father, Brian Wilson, said his daughter’s medicine does not have the desired THC amount that her doctors recommend. Brian said, "It is not something we can give her everyday. It is not something we can give her to help control her seizures on a day-to-day basis because this concoction of it is not where we need it. New Jersey has come in way after the fact of all this, so we are probably still about a year behind."
The Wilsons and seven other patients were able to purchase the pot on the first day of business.
The opening of this facility comes nearly a year after a clinic opened in Montclair, which has had trouble keeping supplies on hand due to the overwhelming need.
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