Chris Christie Supports Allowing MMJ for Children

Aug 18, 2013

New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie on Fri­day asked for changes in a med­ical mar­i­juana bill to to ease access to the drug for ill chil­dren. Christie sig­naled that he would sign the bill if the Leg­is­la­ture changed it to stip­u­late that edi­ble forms of mar­i­juana would be avail­able only to qual­i­fied minors, and that a pedi­a­tri­cian and psy­chi­a­trist had to approve a child’s pre­scrip­tion. “Today, I am mak­ing com­mon sense rec­om­men­da­tions to this leg­is­la­tion to ensure sick chil­dren receive the treat­ment their par­ents pre­fer, while main­tain­ing appro­pri­ate safe­guards,” Christie said in a state­ment. Christie agreed to allow sick chil­dren access to forms of pot that can be eaten. The move is sup­ported by par­ents wor­ried that the dry-leaf and lozenge forms of the drug pose health con­cerns. He also sup­ported remov­ing a limit on the num­ber of mar­i­juana strains that state dis­pen­saries can pro­vide. That would give patients, adults and chil­dren, a vari­ety of mar­i­juana strains to choose from; advo­cates say dif­fer­ent strains carry dif­fer­ent med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties. Christie’s deci­sion came two days after he was con­fronted at a cam­paign stop by an epilep­tic girl’s father, who says the new bill would make it eas­ier for her get a ver­sion of med­ical mar­i­juana she needs. “Please don’t let my daugh­ter die,” par­ent Brian Wil­son cried to the gov­er­nor in a moment caught by tele­vi­sion cam­eras. Wilson’s 2-year-old daugh­ter, Vivian, suf­fers a ver­sion of epilepsy called Dravet syn­drome that can cause life-ending seizures. Wil­son con­tends that a cer­tain type of med­ical mar­i­juana — one with high lev­els of a com­pound called CBD and low lev­els of THC, the chem­i­cal that gets pot users high — could help con­trol her seizures. Lim­ited by law to pro­vid­ing only three strains, the state’s sin­gle cur­rently oper­at­ing dis­pen­sary does not offer the high-CBD mar­i­juana that Wil­son believes would help. Christie, who is believed to be a con­tender in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, shot back at Wil­son dur­ing their Wednes­day encounter that “these are com­pli­cated issues.” Christie had been crit­i­cized by med­ical mar­i­juana advo­cates for fail­ing to act on the bill for nearly two months. He has raised con­cerns that adults could exploit a bill intended to help chil­dren. “I know you think it’s sim­ple and it’s not,” he told Wil­son. Wil­son and his wife, Meghan, of Scotch Plains, faulted Christie in a state­ment Fri­day for decid­ing “to make it so dif­fi­cult for par­ents, who are already endur­ing tremen­dous pain and heartache, to get approval for such a safe and sim­ple med­ica­tion.” New Jer­sey Assem­bly­man Reed Gus­ciora, a Demo­c­rat, echoed Wilson’s dis­ap­point­ment in Christie for the “extra bur­dens” his ver­sion of the bill would place on par­ents. But he said he was “pleased to see the gov­er­nor open to allow­ing this pro­gram to move for­ward.” New Jer­sey is one of 20 states that allow med­ical mar­i­juana, but has among the most strin­gent restric­tions, espe­cially for young patients. Source: Los Ange­les Times (CA) Author: Ben­jamin Mueller Pub­lished: August 17, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 Los Ange­les Times Con­tact: letters@​latimes.​com Web­site: http://​www​.latimes​.com/

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