Panelists

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Rob Cressen

NJ Medical MJ Patient, Former Exec. Director of NJ Republican Party, & NJCBA Board Member

Born on July 2, 1971, Robert Cressen (47) serves as Secretary and on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association.

Following a career working in Republican politics in New Jersey as the only two-time Executive Director of the New Jersey State Republican Party under both Governor’s Christine Whitman and Chris Christie, Cressen was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) in 2011.

Prior to diagnosis, Cressen was a former sponsored-triathlete and marathon runner; competing at the Iron-Man level, as well as such races as the prestigious Boston Marathon.

CRPS or RSD is a central nervous system disorder much like muscular dystrophy, as it affects both neurological as well as physical functions.  Unable to walk whatsoever, Cressen has been remanded to a wheelchair since diagnosis; unable to walk or operate a motor vehicle.

Following diagnosis, Cressen was subjected to a myriad of harmful opiates that led to, not only, addiction issues but failures in his liver and kidney functions.

Without the benefits of medical marijuana programs in New Jersey, he would not have survived and has worked to become a leading patient advocate in his home state, but also for many patients both nationally and internationally, for those struggling with opiate dependency; working to educate others on the positive results of medical cannabis.

Cressen, also a Board of Directors member for NJ based Hometown Heroes and a volunteer and Board Member at Meal At Noon, a local shelter providing meals and assistance to the homeless in his community, resides in Long Branch, New Jersey.