Parents, lawmakers push for access to medical marijuana for children with debilitating diseases

Medical marijuana advocates gathered at the State House Thursday to push for better access to the drug.

Medical marijuana advocates gathered at the State House Thursday to push for better access to the drug.

Medical marijuana advocates gathered at the State House Thursday to push for better access to the drug. (2/27/14)

TRENTON - Medical marijuana advocates gathered at the State House Thursday to push for better access to the drug.

Lawmakers joined the parents of children suffering from debilitating diseases to ask for big changes to the program, including allowing New Jersey patients to buy other forms of the drug from states with medical marijuana programs.

The parents in the room saved their harshest words for Gov. Chris Christie.

"You offer compassion but make it unaffordable," says medical marijuana advocate Jennie Stormes. "You offer compassion but it is unattainable. You offer compassion, but intimidate and scare physicians. You offer compassion, then regulate the program to the point of it never being able to work."

Christie has already said he will not expand the state's medical marijuana program.

For more on the hearing, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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