Chris Christie pot OK decision: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes it should be OK for marijuana to be used to treat chronically ill children and it should be easier for them to access the drug. As reported by CNN on Friday, Christie said "he'd accept a medical marijuana bill that would expand options for patients -- including allowing qualified children to consume edible forms -- but only if certain changes are made."
One of the requirements Christie stipulated was that a psychiatrist and a pediatrician must give their approval in order for the child to receive the pot. This requirement was something that was not included in the measure he sent back to the state legislature. Chris Christie pot OK statement: “Today, I am making common sense recommendations to this legislation to ensure sick children receive the treatment their parents prefer, while maintaining appropriate safeguards,” Christie expressed in a statement. "As I have repeatedly noted, I believe that parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children," Christie added.
Christie's decision to give the new pot bill the OK comes just two days after the father of a girl with a rare illness pleaded with Christie to not "let his daughter die."
Following the distressed father's plea, Christie said that he would allow sick kids easier access to the drug if lawmakers made a few changes to the bill.
Christie explained that he would sign the legislation if it made edible medical marijuana available to qualified minors only, after a pediatrician and psychiatrist have authorized the child's prescription.
In the past, Christie has shown his stance on strict guidelines for medical marijuana use. However, it is still unclear if these changes will be put into effect.
New Jersey's legislature will likely take up the bill during a voting session scheduled for Monday.
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