July 8 (Bloomberg) — Vivian Wilson, who’s 2 years old, could use some pot. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 50, isn’t sure she should get it.
Christie, a Republican often mentioned as a 2016 presidential contender, is considering whether to sign a law easing access to medical marijuana for toddlers and teenagers. It would put New Jersey among the dozen states that make it easier for youngsters to be treated with the drug.
While New Jersey is one of at least 18 states to authorize medical marijuana use, its rules make it almost impossible for Vivian’s mother, Meghan Wilson, 34, of Scotch Plains, to get the type of cannabis medicine that may help her daughter’s epilepsy.
“It’s beyond frustrating,” Wilson, a consultant who runs clinical trials for drugmakers, said by telephone. Vivian gets seizures from a form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, she said. In Colorado and California, where it’s easier to treat youngsters with pot, afflicted children have improved after receiving cannabis, and some are almost symptom-free, she said.