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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chris Christie Allows Marijuana for Sick Children

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hills...
So goes Sanjay Gupta, so goes the Nation; at least when it comes to marijuana and its potential to help those who are suffering. Gupta’s report “Why I changed my mind on Weed,” was an eye opener for a number of officials throughout the nation and may have been the final push for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Christie signed into law a measure, allowing sick children to access edible medical marijuana, CNN reports. Under the new law, children who qualify and whose parents give permission, will have access to use marijuana through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups, according to the article.

The New Jersey bill was proposed after parents of a 2-year-old girl began campaigning for medical marijuana for their daughter, suffering from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy not controlled by anti-seizure medication. Her condition is similar to that of the young girl from Colorado who was highlighted in Gupta’s special that sent shock waves across the nation.

Governor Christie had vetoed an earlier version of the measure this August, he stated that he would only sign legislation that required both a psychiatrist and physician give their approval for children to gain access to the state’s medical marijuana program.
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