UNION COUNTY — Republican John Campbell of Plainfield, who’s running against Assemblywoman Linda Stender, was beaming as Gov Chris Christie brushed off pleas from medical marijuana advocates who want him to sign legislation that would provide relief for local girl in Scotch Plains, where he stopped Wednesday, because he was there to get an endorsement from Democratic Mayor Kevin Glover.
The governor was met by a crowd of friends urging compassion for 2-year-old Vivian Wilson of Scotch Plains, who want him to sign S-2842 – which would amend New Jersey’s medical marijuana law to help severely ill children.
Brian Wilson of Scotch Plains, Vivian’s father, was among those trying to convince Christie to sign the bill
Christie has been silent about whether he wants to amend the state’s medical marijuana law and regulations – the strictest in the country – to make it easier for severely sick children to use the drug. He said that he would make a decision on the “complicated issues” by Friday.
Meghan Wilson, Vivian’s mother, said she worries that Christie may not sign the bill because the parents who pushed for the legislation were denied a meeting with him in June, when they visited the governor’s office accompanied by Assemblywoman Linda Stender the same day the Assembly voted to approve the measure 55-13, with nine abstentions.
Vivian has been hospitalized 20 times and can only say three words because the frequent seizures and addictive medications she has taken have stopped her development, her mother said.
When asked about Vivian Wilson in May, Christie said he was “not inclined to allow” minors access to cannabis.
Epilepsy is one of a dozen serious diseases and conditions that qualify for cannabis treatments in the state.
According to LettersforVivian.org, the two-year old chid suffers from a rare and incurable seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome.
“This genetic disorder causes children like Vivian to have numerous types of seizures, including life threatening tonic clonic seizures that last up to 40 minutes,” according to the site. “The rescue medicines used to stop these seizures can, and have, caused Vivian to stop breathing. Additionally, pharmaceuticals used to prevent Vivian’s seizures are highly addictive and have a complex list of side effects, including developmental impairment.”
Her advocates say S-2842 “would make access to a medical cannabis card less cumbersome for the parents of afflicted minors, would allow for safer forms of consumption and would lift the non-nonsensical three strain limit, giving all patients access to the type of medical cannabis that fits their ailment best.”
About 20 children with epilepsy have taken cannabis in Colorado and California and become seizure-free, she said. They used a strain that has no THC, the ingredient that causes euphoria.
Campbell, the GOP Assembly candidate, expressed hope that Christie can produce coattails long enough to help tilt the balance in legislative and local elections.
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