New Jersey Panels Approve Bill Helping Minors Use Medical Marijuana Program

The state Senate and the Assembly Budget Committee today voted separately to approve a bill that would make it easier for children to participate in New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program.

The bill (A4241) would require parents to obtain only one doctor’s recommendation — rather than the three the law and state rules require — in order for a minor to participate in the program.

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) sponsored the bill on behalf of Brian and Meghan Wilson of Scotch Plains and their 2-year-old daughter, Vivian, who is diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

The Wilsons could not find a pediatrician and a psychiatrist willing to support the toddler’s application in addition to the prescribing physician who had already signed off. The Wilsons earlier this month found all three physicians they need to comply with state rules.

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