New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is contemplating whether to sign a medial marijuana bill legalizing the drug for children. Brian Wilson wrote a letter to the governor earlier this month imploring him to make the potent plant legal for children like his 2-year-old daughter Vivian. Vivian suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe and potentially deadly form of epilepsy that causes her to have multiple seizures every day.
Wilson confronted Christie during a campaign stop earlier this week.
“Please don’t let my daughter die, governor. Don’t let my daughter die,” Wilson begged Christie on Wednesday. “I was wondering what the holdup is. It’s been like two months now.”
“These are complicated issues,” Christie responded.
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“Very simple issue,” Wilson shot back.
“No, I know you think it’s simple … I know you think it’s simple and it’s not,” Christie said.
Christie then said he would be making his decision in the next few days.
“I’ll have a decision by Friday," he said. "I wish for the best for you, your daughter and your family and I’m going to do what I think is best for the people of the state.”
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Her parents say that a strain of marijuana that does not give users a high is the only thing that can treat Vivian. The state’s current medical marijuana law prevents that from happening,
The State Legislature has passed the bill, Christie just has to sign it, CBS Local reported.
“I want to make sure that if we do it, we do it in a way that’s helpful to children – does not reduce any of the requirements of the program to make sure that this does not go down a slippery slope,” Christie has said in the past.
“Every day, she’s dying more and more and he keeps on wanting to think about this bill,” Wilson said.