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NJ governor to decide on medical pot bill for kids

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 15 2013 05:06:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 06:28:49 AM CDT

Could the "Garden State" grow cannabis for children?

Could the "Garden State" grow cannabis for children?

On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will decide if he's for or against medical marijuana use for kids.

When asked the first thing that comes to her mind about medical marijuana and children, mom Melissa Glenn responded, "It's crazy!"

But in June, the New Jersey State Legislature expanded former Governor Jon Corzine's endorsed medical marijuana law to include children.

It's a move Phillipsburg mother of three Suzanne Degerolamo agrees with, but only in extreme cases.

"I would consider if a pill, and not make them high and only alleviate pain," she said.

The pressure has been mounting for Governor Christie to make a decision.

"If children absolutely need it, then it should be available to them," resident Jeff Walbert said.

Earlier this week, Christie was confronted by the father of two-year-old Vivian Wilson.

The little girl --who suffers from a version of epilepsy --started an online campaign to have Christie cave and pass the bill.

Supporters say the drug they want has no "high" and far less chemicals then recreational marijuana.

Pro-or-con Friday is the final decision. Christie will either sign the bill into law or issue a veto.

In the past, Christie stated the issue is complicated. In a 2012 town hall meeting Christie told the crowd he would only be on board with medical marijuana as a last resort to alleviate pain.

"I do not want to become Colorado or California. If you walk around in Colorado or California it's disgusting. It's like marijuana is legalized," he told the crowd.

In a state dubbed the "Garden State," Governor Christie must decide if children in pain can partake in the growth of this now government-regulated drug.