Ricardo Rivera was alone, surrounded by a crush of reporters 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