TRENTON – The Senate concurred with Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of the medical marijuana for minors bill. It passed 34-1.
Christie issued a CV Friday. On the one hand, he agreed to lift restrictions on the strains of medical marijuana that a treatment center could grow, and he agreed to allow minors to have it in edible form.
But advocates decried the fact that he kept in place a provision that a parent must first get approval from either a pediatrician or psychiatrist if either one is registered with the medical marijuana program. If they aren’t, then the concurrence of both would be required.
That conditionally effectively scuttles much of the legislation’s intent, advocates said, because the likelihood of a parent finding a participating pediatrician or psychiatrist is slim.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari said he was encouraged by the direction of the governor’s office but there are still significant hurdles for people.
There are two registered psychiatrists in the program, he pointed out.
However, the CV still would allow greater leeway in strains being cultivated for needy minors, he said.