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Miller Fights For Change People Claim They Want

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Fallen Cannabis Warrior
Every year around election time I read about various candidates' positions and qualifications.

This year I didn't have to wait for the paper to read about the 10th District candidates for state Senate because I am one.

I got to meet my state Sen. Andy Ciesla, R-10th, for the first time at an editorial board meeting.

I became the Libertarian candidate for that office mainly because I promised my wife four days before she died that I would continue to do everything that I could to see that a medical marijuana law was passed in New Jersey.

I wouldn't have run if the medical marijuana bills now in the Senate and Assembly health committees had seen any movement, but they did not.

I would also not be a candidate if my late wife's senator met with her just once during her life, but he refused, knowing he could outlast her.

All Cheryl wanted was for Ciesla to say to her face why he was so against her having the chance to legally have medical marijuana and substantiate his opinion.

Cheryl's last attempt at getting an appointment was five years ago, a year before she died.

She was 56 and could no longer move anything other than her head due to 32 years of multiple sclerosis.

Even so, she put up with the pain and physical difficulties that came with a personal visit to his office only to be snubbed one last time.

She died a year later, having had no representation.

The system failed her.

When I finally had the chance to meet Ciesla, I told him he should have met with Cheryl and asked him if he would get some information from the state Health Department concerning its position about medical marijuana.

He never took his eyes off me and when I was done he smirked and said "I'm sorry, I tuned you out."

The arrogance of such a reply was beyond belief.

I'm a constituent and this is a legitimate issue.

Why would someone who believes he is right about medical marijuana refuse to have a five-minute discussion about it?

He should have welcomed the opportunity to put me in my place, but he didn't because he couldn't.

I wish that I could tune out the fact that there are thousands of sick and dying New Jersey residents who are crying out in pain right now, but I can't.

A 2006 poll showed that 86 of the people want medical marijuana in New Jersey, but do absolutely nothing to help.

I'm sorry Democratic candidate Britta Forsberg Wenzel said she didn't know enough about the subject to offer an opinion.

Apparently she has tuned out medical marijuana patients too.

I know I have about as much chance of winning the election as I do of receiving an apology from the good senator, but your vote would not be wasted if you cast it for me.

I don't have the political experience the current legislators have, but look where their experience has gotten us.

I couldn't possibly screw things up in Trenton any more than they are now.

The votes I do receive would be a message that you are ready for the change you say you want.

There could not possibly be any greater change in Trenton than sending me there as a senator and medical marijuana would finally have a fair chance of becoming law.

Those who are of the opinion that there are already adequate medications for those who would use marijuana as medicine, Cheryl asked me to record the process of getting her ready for bed one night, knowing full well that it was going to be painful because she didn't have any marijuana, just her legal medications.

Go to cherylheart.org and click on "Cheryl's cry of pain." It didn't have to be that way.

Libertarian Candidate
N.J. Senate
10th District

Source: Ocean County Observer (NJ)
Copyright: 2007 Ocean County Observer
Contact: observer@app.com
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