SCOTCH PLAINS - The state's general assembly has approved legislation that amends the medical marijuana law and makes the controversial medication more accessible to children.
The parents of 2-year-old Vivian Williams say the changes are vital to their daughter's survival. Vivian suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndorme. The toddler has dozens of seizures a day.
Brian and Meghan Williams say they have tried multiple medications, but they take time to become effective and they all have side effects. The parents say medical marijuana is the best option for their daughter.
Brian Williams says there is a common misconception that children taking this form of marijuana are getting high. He says that is not true. The medication is made up of part of the plant that can be ingested and does not have that effect.
The bill passed today removes some of the barriers for parents and makes it easier to get doctor approval.
The measure now heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk. Meghan Williams hopes he considers the legislation from a parent's point of view.
"I think what he needs to do is look at bill as a father and not as governor for a few minutes," Meghan Williams said. "Think what would he do if he was in this situation; if one of his children had a life-threatening disease and conventional medicines weren't working."
The Williams say if the bill is not signed, they will have to move to another state to gain access to the drug they believe can save their daughter's life.