NEW JERSEY: Gov. Christie has received 1,500 faxes over the last three weeks urging him to sign a bill that would ease the requirements children must meet before they can use medical marijuana, say the parents of a 2-year-old who has a severe form of epilepsy.
So far, the governor has issued no response, but at previous news conferences, he said he was “not inclined” to let children have marijuana.
Children with serious diseases and conditions in New Jersey can legally use marijuana, but current regulations make it difficult for them to obtain it. A bill that would address these problems passed the legislature last month and is on Christie’s desk. He has until next month to act on it.
Meghan and Brian Wilson of Scotch Plains organized a lobbying effort through their website, www.lettersforvivian.org., which generates a fax for each person who agrees to support their cause.
Their toddler, Vivian, has Dravet syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy, and has been prescribed barbiturates and benzodiazepines to stop seizures that have lasted as long as one hour. The couple are buoyed by reports of children in Colorado and California whose seizures stopped after they ingested a type of cannabis that does not deliver a euphoric high.
Vivian was issued a medical marijuana card in February but cannot get the drug. There is only one dispensary in the state, and it is not allowed to offer cannabis in an edible form that children can use.