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70-Year-Old Grandmother With Liver Cancer Forced to Buy Street Pot Due to Lack of Medical Marijuana

There’s only one medical marijuana dispensary operating in New Jersey.

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Medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey in 2010. But three years later, there’s only one medical marijuana dispensary operating in the state--and that’s causing a lot of pain for one elderly resident.

New Jersey’s PIX 11 reportsthat Betty (not her real name) is a 70-year-old grandmother who has resorted to buying street pot. Betty has a rare form of liver cancer that could have killed her in a few months. She tried going for a marijuana prescription from New Jersey’s pot dispensary, but got nowhere. Other media reports indicate that demand has far outgrown supply.

So Betty got help from her friends, who bought her a pound of pot from the street. It’s done wonders for the 70-year-old.

Without it, I’d be dead,” Betty told PIX. “ I couldn’t eat, I was throwing up constantly. I lost 45 pounds.” But now, with pot in her life, she has an appetite and is “healthy enough to have the tumor on her liver removed,” the news outlet reports.

“I have some energy and I feel better. It’s been a Godsend. This stuff works,” she said.


Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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