As reported by CNN, New Jersey passed into law on Tuesday a measure allowing sick children access to edible medical marijuana.
Qualifying minors in New Jersey will now have a wider variety of treatment options, and the new law will remove the limit on the number of marijuana strains that may be cultivated.
The new law also requires parental permission for edible marijuana to be made available to minors through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups, according to New Jersey Assembly Democrats who advanced the legislation.
[Governor] Christie, a Republican, vetoed the original bill in August and said he would sign legislation that included a rule that edible marijuana would be dispensed only to minors and that a psychiatrist and a physician both would have to approve before a minor could join the program.
The final version of the bill includes both of Christie’s demands, according to a news release from the state’s Assembly Democrats.
The passing of this bill is a heartening multi-party response to what has typically been (in my opinion, somewhat unreasonably) a divisive topic. The winner here is ill children and their parents who have more comprehensive health options for disease treatment. One example of such is laid out in the article.
The bill was originally proposed after Brian and Meghan Wilson of Union City began a campaign to get what could be life-saving treatment for their 2-year-old daughter, Vivian. She has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy for which anti-seizure medicine is ineffective, according to Democrats’ statement this week.
Hopefully this children first policy can be a template for political parties to find inroads to compromise that shy away from antiquated rhetoric and place our families’ best interests at the forefront.