PHOTO: Meghan Wilson and her two-year-old daughter Vivian Wilson, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome. Marijuana has been proven to alleviate the devastating damage caused by the seizures Vivian suffers.
On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a surprising decision in his conditional veto of S2842, a bill intended to ease medical marijuana restrictions for children.
The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Stender earlier this year, sought to lift New Jersey’s ban on edible cannabis, eliminate the three-strain limit for dispensaries, and allow minors to get medical marijuana cards with the recommendation of a single doctor rather than three.
Politicians and activists alike had predicted a conditional veto, and as expected, Christie struck the provision for a single prescribing doctor.
But the other part of Christie’s veto – amending the bill to allow edibles only for minors and not for adults – was met with shock and disbelief from advocates.
“Restricting oral preparations of medicinal cannabis to pediatric patients only is irrational,” said Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a leader in the field of medical cannabis research. “Adult patients will have to make oral preparations themselves with the limited amount of herbal medicinal cannabis they are allowed to procure from New Jersey dispensaries.”