NJ gov wants kids’ access to medical pot eased

Photo Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana.

However, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it goes further than he was willing to.

Christie agreed to allow production of ingestible forms of pot at state-approved dispensaries and to allow dispensaries to grow more than three strains of the drug.

But he wants to leave in place a requirement that a psychiatrist and pediatrician sign off before children are allowed medical marijuana. And a third doctor’s recommendation would be needed if one of the others is not registered in the program.

The bill is being pushed by parents of children with severe seizure disorders who say that children elsewhere have benefited from strains of marijuana.

It now goes back to the Legislature.

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