Medical Marijuana

NJ Assembly Casts Final Vote to Ease Medical Pot Restrictions for Kids

Helps severely ill children fight seizures


The state Assembly today cast the final vote needed to pass a law making New Jersey's medical marijuana program more accessible to children.

The bill was inspired by the plight of 2-year-old Vivian Wilson of Scotch Plains, who has been diagnosed with a potentially lethal form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Her parents read about a rare strain of marijuana in Colorado that has helped reduce symptoms for children with seizure disorders, but realized New Jersey's rules all but prevent a minor from getting access.

The Assembly passed a measure to concur with Gov. Chris Christie's recommended changes today by 70-1 vote with four abstentions. The state Senate passed it last month.