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Family That Fought for NJ Pot Law Change to Move

The family of a New Jersey toddler who became a symbol in a push to change the state’s medical marijuana laws this year is moving.

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Meghan and Brian Wilson of Scoth Plains tell The Philadelphia Inquirer they’re heading to Colorado because there they can buy an edible form of a strain of marijuana that they believe could help their 2 1/2-year-old daughter Vivian with her severe epilepsy.

The family says a strain of marijuana with a high level of the compound CBD and a very low level of THC, the chemical that gets pot users high, has helped other children with Dravet syndrome, a rare and sometimes deadly form of epilepsy.

The girl has been issued a card that qualifies her for medical marijuana and was the first patient ushered into one of the state’s legal dispensaries. But the three dispensaries now open in New Jersey sell the drug only in a form that can be smoked.

The family were leaders in a push this year for a changes to the state’s medical marijuana law to ease access for patients like Vivian. Her parents took the toddler to a State House news conference and John Wilson confronted Gov. Chris Christie during a campaign stop about changing medical marijuana laws.

He eventually signed a version of the law that did not go as far as Wilson and other medical marijuana advocates wanted, but which does allow dispensaries to grow more strains. But Christie has said he would reject any other changes to expand access to medical marijuana.

Magical Butter, a company that sells a machine that turns cannabis into a butter, and another donor have pledged a total of $10,000 to help the family move.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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