06/26/15 6:00am
06/26/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

As a parent of a child with epilepsy, it is upsetting to see how narrow-minded people are in response to medical marijuana, and the opposition people seem to have regarding it being grown locally.

There are children who have died, and will die, before they see medical marijuana become available in the State of New York, despite it being approved several months ago. Children with Dravet Syndrome can have as many as 300 grand mal seizures in a week. Despite being on multiple anti-epileptic medication therapy and surgical interventions, their seizure activity is intractable/uncontrollable. Parents watch their children have seizures every hour of every day, helpless to stop it.  (more…)

06/11/15 7:00pm
06/11/2015 7:00 PM
Kurt Van de Wetering speaks to residents at the Greater Calverton Civic Association Wednesday

Kurt Van de Wetering speaks to residents at the Greater Calverton Civic Association Wednesday

Jack and Kurt Van de Wetering came to the Greater Calverton Civic Association hoping to provide information to residents about their proposal to grow medical marijuana at their Edwards Avenue greenhouse Wednesday night.

After not getting the support they were looking for from the Town Board at a recent meeting, they weren’t expecting it at the civic meeting either.

“We’re not looking for support from the civic association, we’re looking for understanding,” Kurt Van de Wetering said. (more…)

06/05/15 5:59am
06/05/2015 5:59 AM
Jack Van de Wetering and his son Kurt in a climate controlled greenhouse area that they would modify to grow medical marijuana. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jack Van de Wetering and his son Kurt in a climate controlled greenhouse area that they would modify to grow medical marijuana. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The East End would be hard-pressed to find a more respected farmer and concerned community member than Jack Van de Wetering to be the face of a possible medical marijuana operation. (more…)

06/02/15 6:37pm
06/02/2015 6:37 PM
Jack Van de Wetering speaks at a Riverhead Town board meeting Tuesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Jack Van de Wetering speaks at a Riverhead Town board meeting Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Town Board declined to offer a resolution in support of a Baiting Hollow farmer’s application to grow medical marijuana on land on Edwards Avenue.

The issue was defeated by an informal 3-2 margin Tuesday.  (more…)

12/21/14 2:00pm
12/21/2014 2:00 PM
A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

While it is not likely to take effect until 2016, New York State is one step closer to allowing patients access to medical marijuana, and that could open the door for a distribution center on the East End.

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