N.J. Opens Its First Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Nearly three years after New Jersey legalized medical marijuana, the first dispensary in the state started seeing patients Thursday, December 6.
N.J. Man Alleges Hospital Denied Him HIV Meds
A gay, HIV-positive New Jersey man is suing Catholic teaching hospital Trinitas Regional Medical Center for allegedly denying him treatment and visitors, Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports. The man, Joao Simoes, claims that after a preliminary evaluation with a doctor, in which he disclosed he got HIV after having unprotected sex with a man, the doctor left the room and no subsequent doctors or nurses were sent in. Simoes says that his request for HIV medication was denied for three days, visitors were turned away and the doctor made disparaging remarks such as, “This is what he gets for going against God’s will.” Simoes is seeking punitive damages for discrimination.
For some people, living with HIV can mean working extra hard to have a healthy heart.
Kim Hunter, a 50-year-old counselor at Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Jersey, has vastly improved every aspect of her life—except her heart health. In the past 13 years, Hunter, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, has completely reinvented herself. At one time, she was a heroin addict who served nine years in state prison. Today, she is a college-educated, clean-and-sober counselor and mentor to other HIV-positive folks with similar lives and histories. Click here for more.
NJ Zoning Board Rejects Medical Marijuana Dispensary
A New Jersey zoning board unanimously rejected a request from an authorized medical marijuana group to open a dispensary in a vacant storefront. Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, a nonprofit organization, is one of six groups authorized by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services to grow and distribute medical marijuana. Maple Shade Township Zoning Board members wanted a treatment center close to a hospital. Another location is being scouted. New Jersey has some of the strictest medical marijuana regulations in the country. Click here for more.
Of the 50 states, New Jersey has the highest proportion-one out of three- of people living with HIV/AIDS who are women. And while women of color comprise only one third of New Jersey’s adult female population, they constitute more than 83 percent of the state’s women with HIV/AIDS. Through their stories, three African-American New Jersey women shed light on the drivers of this crisis-and suggest some ways to solve it. Click here to read more.