NJ bill eases kids' medical marijuana restrictions

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm •  Published: June 6, 2013

"I just want her to be able to look at me and say 'I love you' and understand that," he told the panel.

But the measure could prove to be dangerous, the executive director of the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said.

Despite supporting a medical model for marijuana for children, eliminating regulation is not an answer, Fran Gallagher testified. Gallagher told the panel that removing a pediatrician from the approvals is dangerous because only they can assess how medicine affects a child.

"Children are different than adults," Gallagher said. "The appropriate dosing for children is not yet well-established."

Sharon Levy, a pediatrician of Boston Children's Hospital, cautioned parents who think medical marijuana is an answer because sometimes resolving short-term effects causes long-term problems.

Parents who wish to consider medical marijuana for severely ill children "certainly need to go into that with eyes wide open," she said.

Still, Wilson said he believes the bill is one small step to getting help for his daughter and so many others who seek medical marijuana treatment for severe illnesses.

"We cannot wait another 2 1/2 years to take the next steps that we all know need to be taken."