Governor Agrees To Ease Medical Marijuana Restrictions For Children

TRENTON, N.J. (August 16, 2013)--New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana, although he conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it went further than he was willing to go.

Christie agreed to allow production of ingestible forms of pot at state-approved dispensaries and to allow dispensaries to grow more than three strains of the drug, but he wants to leave a requirement in place that a psychiatrist and pediatrician sign off before children are allowed medical marijuana.

And a third doctor's recommendation would be needed if one of the others is not registered in the program.

Parents of children with severe seizure disorders are pressing for the measure, saying that children elsewhere have benefited from strains of marijuana.

The measure now goes back to the Legislature.


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