Christie: Still Reluctant On Making Medical Marijuana Program More Accessible To Kids

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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  1. Anonymous on

    I think your response is fairly harsh. There has not yet been many studies, to my knowledge, about the developmental effects regarding Cannabis in children. I understand there has been one published that described a negative cognitive effect such as memory and learning in people who were below the age of 16. It’s a very complicated matter, and even I am a supporter for medical marijuana. One argument however that can aid your case is marijuana with higher CBD contents and very low THC content could minimize these negative effects in children. As I believe THC is the chemical in which can negatively affect. Uncertain about CBD, but considering its’ mechanism of action I doubt it.

    However, in terms of policy there must be some change, I agree. Perhaps there doctor should try a certain number of medications and if it does not work then marijuana could be accepted. Thereby, allowing there to be a track-record on the medical attempts to alleviate the illness symptoms, which could then contribute to a reinforcement of the prescriptions for medical marijuana in children.

    I think the full-blown attempt might not be as effective in changing legislation especially when it comes with children.

  2. Paul Pot on

    Christie is a rotten bastard. How dare he make it so difficult for patients to get their medicine. It is ridiculous that any medicine be placed in the category of last resort especially the one that is proven to be “far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care”.

    [DEA Administrative Law Judge – 1988 ? Francis Young

    It is difficult to find doctors willing to agree simply because of the law. They are terrified of the legal consequences.
    When parents have a sick child they do not need the burden of having to search all over the city for 3 wise men willing to sign a bit of paper just so they can look after their child properly.
    Marijuana should be a first resort not a last resort and fear should have nothing to do with medical care.
    Get rid of Christie.