Bill Would Ease Medical Marijuana Restriction
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 20, 2013
The budget committee in the New Jersey Assembly has voted to advance legislation that would ease restrictions on children’s access to medical marijuana.
Assemblywoman Linda Stender says the bill eliminates the need for written consent from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist for a child to be eligible for the program.
“We call it the compassionate care act because we’re trying to offer relief to people who suffer debilitating diseases. It was never anticipated that when children needed it that they would be put through additional hoops.”
Stender says the measure is in response to a two-year-old Scotch Plains girl wwhose parents have not been able to find a psychiatrist to sign a consent form.
“She has a rare form of epilepsy. They’ve been through all the trial drugs. With the support of their physician they’re trying to get the access for their daughter to get some relief for the up to 15 seizures a day that she suffers.”