Whether you call them grandmothers, grandmoms, grandmas, nanas or mom-moms — and please, tell me which one you prefer, as my midwestern colleagues were surprised by the local use of "grandmom" — seniors in New Jersey are hopping aboard the medical marijuana train. They're fighting through stigma to fight pain. On the other side of the river (well, when they're not practicing in Camden) the Sixers have big news: they've hired a new general manager. Just in time for training camp, too.
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Be prepared to part with your preconceived notions about medical marijuana. In New Jersey at least, where it’s been legal for eight years, a small but growing number of patients are seniors, some in their 80s and 90s.
And they are "patients, not criminals.," as Gov. Murphy said when he announced an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program this spring.
So, thanks to cannabis educators and doctors, some seniors are throwing away the stigma and finding relief from pain.
The latest tally of Kensington’s homeless population stunned the city’s Office of Homeless Services. Just a year ago it totaled 271. Now it’s 703.
The spike in homelessness is driven by the opioid crisis; the neighborhood has become a magnet for people in addiction.
What a juxtaposition of images, @kvankreisel.
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