BLAIRSTOWN - Parents who have lobbied for more access to medical marijuana for their chronically ill children are celebrating Gov. Chris Christie's decision to approve a bill on the issue, even though his signature will come with some revisions.
The governor conditionally vetoed the bill and has asked the legislature to make some changes. Christie says children would have access to marijuana only in edible form, but only with a prescription from a pediatrician and psychiatrist.
Jennie Stormes' 14-year-old son Jackson suffers from Dravet syndrome, and has multiple seizures a day. She says medical marijuana would reduce their frequency and severity, so she has been waiting eagerly on this decision from the governor. "This is not an issue for Republicans or Democrats," she says. "This honestly is a human issue. This is my son's life."
Andrew Singer is a retired police officer whose 12-year-old son Jayden survived bacterial meningitis and also lives with seizures and heavy medication. He believes he can change that with medical marijuana. "Just to get him back," says Singer. "Just to see him. He's an amazing child trapped in this fog of drugs."
Affected parents insist the marijuana their children would receive would not contain the chemical THC and would not get their children high.
The medical marijuana bill is heading back to the Legislature.