Ease N.J. regulations

on medical marijuana

The Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill changing the medical-marijuana program to ease requirements for pediatric patients and allow edible forms of marijuana to be sold. But Gov. Chris Christie believes no modifications to the program are necessary. Really?

The regulations contain many unnecessary barriers to access. The losers in this skirmish are the legitimate patients. Ironically, access remains far easier illegally, than legally. It is the law-abiding folk who don't have any access.

I've had to tell prospective patients to try marijuana first and see if it helps or not before committing to a byzantine and onerous system where $200 doesn't go very far. Of course, they don't know whom to ask. Patients who might benefit are denied the opportunity.

I see the need to expand the indications and improve access to medical marijuana. Only one facility is open, and it is already experiencing demand far in excess of supply. The Egg Harbor Township dispensary may be open soon, but expect that site to become quickly overwhelmed. Patients should have the right to access cannabis, if their physician recommends it.

DR. JEFFREY S. POLLACK

Mays Landing

Editorial wrong

on 'left-lane bandits'

Regarding the July 3 editorial, "Stay-right law/Wrong message," objecting to the proposed increased penalties for failure to keep to the right except when passing:

I find the editorial based on a faulty argument.

Drivers who refuse to keep right cause unnecessary bottlenecks, with no benefit, in my opinion.

One can witness clusters of traffic on limited-access highways that are the result of such "left-lane bandits," those drivers in the left lane who drive alongside a driver on the right traveling at the same speed.

As this lane blockage continues, more vehicles are added to this traffic backup, the distance between vehicles becomes dangerously closer, and the percentage of rage increases.

Once escaping such a cluster, one can often travel miles without encountering other backups.

The natural flow of traffic, with slower vehicles staying to the right, results in wider and safer spacing. Higher-speed driving does not necessarily mean a less safe driver is at the wheel any more than a slower-speed driver is more capable and less dangerous.

ROBERT GOLLIHUR

Ocean View

Really? Critics want

to close B.L. England?

The July 6 front-page article on the B.L. England power plant, "Groups: Plant to pollute more," highlights how environmentalists cannot be satisfied.

For years they have complained about the B.L. England power plant, and now that the owners are fixing the problem with a fairly expensive conversion from coal to natural gas, they're still not happy.

Is their objective to close the plant and see us live like Neanderthals? Show me any of these critics who live in huts without heat, air-conditioning and plumbing. Are those huts and their clothing made from the refuse from their organic gardens?

How many are living without electricity, cell phones and computers?

Even their energy solutions, like solar panels and windmills, require materials that are mined, refined and manufactured using fossil fuels, and the hazardous waste created by these processes can be far more dangerous than any greenhouse gasses they are saving us from.

Before we acquiesce to any more of their demands, perhaps we should require them to show us how they are living within the framework they are proposing for the rest of us.

KEN ELLIS

Ocean City

Pedestrians, cyclists

ignorant of crossing law

We have marked intersections, installed signs and direction cones, and now even have undercover operatives to report motorists who appear to have violated the law requiring them to stop for pedestrians.

My question: Have we educated our pedestrians, bike riders and others as to what their responsibilities are regarding this law?

Do the pedestrians know that they do not have the right to just step off the curb and proceed across streets? We have speed limits of 25 and 30 mph on most streets. Perhaps the undercover operatives should address these individuals instead of assuming that the motorist has violated the law.

Do the bike riders approaching intersections, including bike-lane intersections, know that they do not have the right of way and must stop and obey all vehicle regulations? Perhaps the undercover operatives should address these individuals?

There seems to be no common sense regarding this law. More education - of pedestrians and bicyclists - is needed.

PAUL S. ANSELM

Ocean City