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national lead

August 16th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

Father of sick girl: Christie's decision on medical marijuana is 'unsafe'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday sent back a medical marijuana bill that could expand options for patients seeking the drug and make it easier for children to qualify for the program.

The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes: That edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone; and that both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription.

Christie's decision comes under pressure from an epileptic girl's father, Brian Wilson, who contends the bill would make it easier for her to get a version of the drug that might help her.

But Wilson said Christie's decision, known as a conditional veto, was worse than what he had expected.

"Everyone expected a conditional veto, but this is kind of even lower than the worst-case conditional veto that we thought," Wilson said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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