The deadline for Gov. Christie to sign or veto a bill that would make it easier for tots to use medical marijuana has been pushed back 11 days, to Aug. 19. Christie has said he has misgivings, but advocates say severely ill children can benefit from the drug. The euphoric ingredient that produces a high would be removed from the drug before it is given to the children.
The issue spiked last week when the parents of two-year-old Vivian Wilson dropped off 2,100 petitions from supporters that ask the governor to sign the bill. The Scotch Plains girl has a severe type of epilepsy that triggers daily seizures that have not responded to barbituates and other prescribed narcotics.
Vivian's neurologist believes the child should have the opportunity to try cannabis to see if she gets the same results other parents of children with epilepsy are reporting in other states. The bill would lift a restriction that bans cannabis from being sold in an edible form. Vivian's parents say they don't want her to smoke and would rather put a cannabis tincture, or oil, into butter to give it to her as medicine.
Christie's reaction has been that he wants New Jersey to have stringent regulations so that "potheads" don't get access to the drug. He has said that allowing children to have medical marijuana would be going down "a slippery slope" even though state law permits it.