A Chris Christie pot OK remark is stirring controversy this afternoon, but there are some caveats on the NJ governor’s words this weekend saying he would support a medical marijuana bill, CNN reported this Saturday, Aug. 17. The governor said that if new changes are made to the bill, he would support the pot law — one that would allow qualified kids who were suffering to take edible forms of pot instead.
The Chris Christie pot OK statement centers on Christie acknowledging to the NJ legislature that he would sign the bill if it allowed that the edible types of marijuana would be handed out to only minors in need, not to all older patients.
A second necessary caveat before Chris Christie says OK includes Christie asking that an important provision of the medical marijuana bill be taken out. The provision in question is one that would let sick kids qualify for the special edible pot program with (and only with) approval from their doctors. Modern law in the NJ legal system states that children need to have approval from both a psychiatrist and a pediatrician before they can start taking the edible weed.
The new pot bill, called in government as S2842, would ultimately allow edible marijuana be part of the dry-leaf and related lozenge options that qualified patients are privy to for medical care and pain relief. The Chris Christie pot OK statement comes with Christie hoping the edible marijuana will be intended for sick kids only, not to be taken advantage of by other parties.
The new bill would also limit the overall number of marijuana strains that the dispensaries of NJ would be able to cultivate, again preventing parts of the program being abused.
“Today, I am making commonsense recommendations to this legislation to ensure sick children receive the treatment their parents prefer, while maintaining appropriate safeguards," Christie stated this Friday. "I am calling on the Legislature to reconvene quickly and address these issues so that children in need can get the treatment they need."
"As I have repeatedly noted, I believe that parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children.”
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