According to Fox News on Friday, New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, has agreed to allow chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana, with some conditions.
Gov. Christie actually vetoed a bill allowing children to have access to medical marijuana because it went farther than what Christie was comfortable with signing. With certain conditions, he has approved a bill that would give chronically ill children easier access to some marijuana products for medical purposes. But he also stipulated that a psychiatrist and a pediatrician would have to give their approval first – something not included in the measure he sent back to the state legislature.
What is medical marijuana?
Medical cannabis refers to the parts of the herb cannabis used as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy, or to synthetic forms of specific cannabinoids such as THC as a physician-recommended form of medicine. Here is a list of states that already allow marijuana to be used medicinally, and their stupilations.
The bill, S2842, would add edible marijuana to the current dry-leaf and lozenge options for all qualified patients. Christie wants the bill to allow edible marijuana for qualified children only -- a move that would please parents concerned that the other options posed choking and other health concerns.
Christie said in a statement on Friday:
Today, I am making commonsense recommendations to this legislation to ensure sick children receive the treatment their parents prefer, while maintaining appropriate safeguards. I am calling on the Legislature to reconvene quickly and address these issues so that children in need can get the treatment they need.
Emily Sutherlin is also the Pregnancy Examiner.
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