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.