Gov. Chris Christie said he has not decided whether he will sign a bill making it easier for children to participate in the state’s medicinal marijuana program, but as of today, he remained dubious any changes to the law are necessary.
The bill (S2842) 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. Registered adults only need one recommendation from their treating physician.
“I don’t understand why that’s a problem,” Christie said of the three-doctor requirement. “And you know if folks can’t get physicians to sign off on this, then that tells me something. This is supposed to be a medically based program — that is there as a last resort — not as a first resort.”
“My counsel’s office is looking at it now,” added Christie, who answered a reporter’s question about the bill during an unrelated event in Seaside Park. “And I’ve got 45 days or more to be able to act on it and when I make the decision I’ll act on it. But my principles on this haven’t changed. Compassionate use of this as a last resort when authorized by the appropriate physicians is fine and in compliance with the law.”
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