Medical marijuana for minors bill passes in Assembly

TRENTON – A proposed bill that would permit severely ill minors to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program cleared the Assembly floor Monday.

The bill, S2842/A4241, was released from the full Assembly following a 55-13 vote with nine abstentions. It provides for similar requirements for minor and adult patients in the medical marijuana program.

It cleared the floor following no debate.

“Any parent would give the world to provide their child relief from the unimaginable pain and agony of chronic seizures that this young girl has had to live with,” said Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22), the bill’s sponsor, in a statement.

“Marijuana could provide a form of relief that would be life-changing for Vivian and her family,” she said. “As a state, we should not stand in the way of that.”

Stender was referring to Vivian Wilson, 2, of Scotch Plains who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy that could be alleviated somewhat through the use of medicinal marijuana.

Medical marijuana for minors bill passes in Assembly