Christie Urged To Let Kids In Medical Marijuana Program
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 1, 2013
Advocates have delivered thousands of letters to Governor Christie’s office urging him to sign a bill that would allow children with severe chronic illnesses to participate in New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.
Scotch Plains resident Meghan Wilson wants medical marijuana for her two-year-old daughter who has uncontrollable seizures from a severe form of epilepsy.
“It’s a horrible thing to have to see your daughter suffer like this. It’s frustrating because we know that this product, the strains that will help her are out there. It’s just a matter of crossing some state lines. To not be able to get it in New Jersey is infuriating.”
Franklinville resident Tina DeSilvio is seeking medical marijuana for her 13-year-old daughter who has double cortex syndrome with uncontrolled seizures.
She doesn’t understand why the governor might not sign the bill that would children with serious ailments to get some relief from the medical marijuana.
“It’s not the high that they’re getting. It’s the CBD, that is the compound that ‘s in marijuana, and the CBD is non-psychoactive. That’s what is helping them. So hopefully that’s what the governor takes a look at again and realizes that before he makes a decision.”
Governor Christie has expressed concerns that the legislation could make it easier for kids who don’t meet the qualifications to get the marijuana.
The parents who want him to sign the bill say the tough restrictions in the program should prevent that.