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Medical Marijuana For Sick Kids

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 16, 2013

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Governor Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill to make changes in New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.

Hopewell Township resident Jennie Storms wants her 14-year-old son who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy to be able to get legal marijuana to control his seizures

She’s pleased the governor is allowing an edible form of marijuana for sick kids and is eliminating the three-strain limitation for growers.

 “We absolutely need that. Not everybody wants to get high. This isn’t about THC. It’s not about getting high so I think that’s the main thing. Now that an edible form is allowed my son will able with the expansion of the strains be able to take his medication in the state of New Jersey once it becomes available.”

Even though her son has all the doctors’ approvals needed to be in the program, Storms is disappointed Christie rejected the attempt by lawmakers to end the requirement that a pediatrician and a psychiatrist must sign-off before a sick child can get medical marijuana.

 “It basically puts an awkward unreasonable expectation on parents for children who already are non-verbal, not able to be accessed by these doctors. It just makes more of a barrier instead of a compassionate program.”

To become law Christie’s changes need to be approved by the legislature.

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