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Christie Confronted Over Medical Marijuana For Minors [VIDEO]

A father took a stop by Governor Chris Christie at a Scotch Plains restaurant as an opportunity to make his case for him to sign a bill that would make minors part of New Jersey’s medical marijuana law.

Supporters of expanding New Jersey's medical marijuana program to minors outside the Highlander Restaurant in Scotch Plains where Governor Christie made a campaign stop
Supporters of expanding New Jersey’s medical marijuana program to minors outside the Highlander Restaurant in Scotch Plains where Governor Christie made a campaign stop (NJTV via Twitter)

Brian Wilson, whose two-year-old daughter is afflicted with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that causes her to have several seizures every day implored Christie to “please don’t let my daughter die”  and to sign bill S284 according to WCBS

The bill in question is sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender and State Sen. Nick Scutari. It’s in response to efforts by Brian and Meghan Wilson to obtain what could be life-saving treatment for their two-year old daughter Vivian. Anti-seizure medicine does not control the seizures she suffers several times daily.

“It (access to medical marijuana) makes these kids suddenly be able to live again, be able to stop having seizures,” says Brian. “It doesn’t cure most of them because her (Vivian’s) disorder is incurable, but it gives her her life back….The difficulty has been in getting people to listen (and) getting people to understand that we’re not looking to get the children high.”

The governor, who said he would make a decision on bill S2842 by Friday, explained to Brian that “These are complicated issues.” Wilson disagreed and said, “It’s a very simple issue.” Chrisie came back with, “Listen I know you think it’s simple. It’s simple for you, it’s not simple for me. I’ve read everything that you have put in front of me and I’ll have a decision by Friday. I wish the best for you, your daughter and your family and I’m going to do what I think is best for the people of the state, all the people of the state.”

Several supporters of the measure, holding hot pink signs, greeted Christie, who was in Scotch Plains to accept the endorsement of Democrat Mayor Kevin Glover.

On the July edition of Ask The Governor, Christie said he was “concerned about expanding the program” to minors and wanted to make sure that the program’s standards remain the same and that only those who have a medical need actually get it. “I know that parents are concerned about the health of their children but I have to concerned about the health of every child” and says that whatever decision he makes will be “in the best interest of the state.”

Kevin McArdle contributed to this report

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