Gov. Christie Tweeks Law Allowing Medical Marijuana For Sick Kids – Are Restrictions Too Strict? [POLL/VIDEO]
It looks as though Governor Christie may have been influenced by the visit he’d gotten recently by the father of a child stricken with a rare form of epilepsy that is controlled with the use of medical marijuana.
The sticking point was the Governor’s reluctance to sign a bill that would have eased some restrictions on its use for children.
He reiterated this point to the father of 2 year old Vivian Wilson saying, “I know you think it’s simple and it’s not.”
However he did agreed to ease access to medical marijuana for children suffering from chronic illness, but has conditionally vetoed the bill sent to him by the legislature.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to ease access to medical marijuana for chronically ill children. The governor offered provisions to a bill allowing marijuana cultivators to produce more than three strains of the drug and for state-approved dispensaries to sell ingestible forms of pot for children to consume.
According to Christie’s tweaks in the bill:
“Qualified minors should be allowed access to products in appropriate edible forms to ensure that children can receive treatments consistent with their age and medical needs, as well as the individual preferences of their guardians.
As I have repeatedly noted, I believe that parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children.”
He conditionally vetoed an existing bill, leaving one provision which requires referrals from a pediatrician as well as from a psychiatrist. A third doctor’s approval is required if the pediatrician is unregistered with the medical marijuana program.
Wilson was not happy with Christie’s conditional veto. He told CNN’s Jake Trapper:
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“Everyone expected a conditional veto, but this is kind of even lower than the worst-case conditional veto that we thought. So while it is a small victory, he kind of put himself all over it and really just maintains the idea of making one of the worst medical marijuana programs in the country and one of the most unsafe medical marijuana programs in the country.
The psychiatrist is a roadblock. You’re talking about sick kids who aren’t even necessarily capable of talking.
To keep that in is just telling parents who are suffering with these horrible diseases with children, ‘I’m going to make it more difficult for you to get treatment for your child.’”
Brian Wilson has a point, and that is, why take a child to a psychiatrist when the child him or herself may not be able to even speak to the shrink.
There’s also the provision that a third pediatrician licensed to prescribe medical marijuana be consulted if the original pediatrician isn’t.
Seems like too many hoops to me.
Imagine, you can get more addictive drugs like oxy and vicotin with one doctor’s referral, but medical marijuana for anyone, not just a child requires one to surmount a series of roadblocks.