NEW JERSEY: The New Jersey Senate was nearly unanimous Monday in approving conditions imposed by Gov. Christie before he would sign a bill easing children’s access to medical marijuana. The vote was 34-1. On Friday, the governor conditionally vetoed the bill, saying he would sign it only if lawmakers agreed to make several changes. Among them, Christie agreed to allow edible cannabis – which currently is prohibited – but wants it to be available only to minors.
The amended bill now heads to the state Assembly, which is not in session. It is not known when the lower house will consider the bill again. The issue captured national attention when the parents of a 2-year-old girl afflicted with severe epilepsy aggressively lobbied for the bill, saying cannabis has stopped the seizures of several children in Colorado. Last week, Brian Wilson, of Scotch Plains, begged the governor at a campaign stop to sign the bill, saying “Please don’t let my daughter die, Governor.”
He was referring to Vivian, a tot who has been prescribed barbiturates and other dangerous drugs without success and whose seizures are potentially life-threatening. Her neurologist supports her parents’ decision to try cannabis. Christie, considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, has been forced to deal with the emotional issue while keeping an eye on his conservative base, including those who prefer a tough stance against the use of the drug.