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Vivian Wilson, New Jersey medical marijuana poster child, moves with family to Colorado

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Baby Vivian.
The family of a seizure-stricken little girl who became the face of medical marijuana in New Jersey has moved to Colorado after that state's MMJ program completely failed them, the parents say.

Meghan and Brian Wilson maintain that they aren't angry with New Jersey officials. However, they felt they needed to move their daughter, Vivian, to a place where she can access the medicine she needs: high-CBD oil that helps curb the dozens of seizures she faces every day.

The Wilsons were thrust into the spotlight last year after Brian led a high-profile fight to ease New Jersey's restrictive rules regarding medical marijuana for minors. At the time, children needed to be seen by multiple doctors before they could be prescribed MMJ -- and even then, neither high-CBD tinctures nor plants themselves were legal.

A bill allowing for high-CBD strains and edible forms for children eventually was signed into law, but not before New Jersey governor Chris Christie let it sit for months on his desk. At one point, Brian confronted Christie, telling him point-blank, "Don't let my daughter die, Governor."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
But even with the new law, New Jersey's program has been slow to change; there are still no high-CBD strains or tinctures available through the state's three medical marijuana dispensaries. And since patients in New Jersey do not have the right to grow their own medicine, the Wilsons were left with few options.

Earlier this year, the Wilsons again tried to speed up access to high-CBD meds in New Jersey by helping legislators push a bill that would have allowed New Jersey MMJ patients reciprocity with other state medical marijuana programs; the hope was that they could purchase the medicine out of state and then bring it back home. But Christie promised to veto any changes to the medical marijuana program, arguing that he would be allowing the state to slide down a slippery slope to outright legalization.

Now the family that fought so hard to stay in New Jersey has moved and is calling Colorado Springs home, at least for the time being. Brian told NJ.com that he hopes to eventually move back to his home state -- once the medical marijuana program there catches up to patient needs. In the meantime, Wilson says, he's already procured a two-month supply of high-CBD oil from a Colorado Springs dispensary.

The Wilsons are part of a growing community of so-called medical marijuana refugees in Colorado. The number of minors on the Colorado medical marijuana registry grew from just 35 kids under the age of eighteen in January 2013 to 199 by the end of December.

More from our Marijuana archive circa August 2013: "Meet Paige Figi, whose daughter helped change CNN doc Sanjay Gupta's mind about weed."


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27 comments
ptavarez12
ptavarez12

if you are older than 21, you HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET CANNABIS.

You mean to tell us thinking people that we can BUY TOBACCO,GMO CORN, STUPID TV,PERCOCET..and we are forced to hear old rhetoric on Cannabis. we have to quit the bull and grow up.

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

I understand a lot of families who can't get medical marijuana for their loved ones are doing the same.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

Glad they could make the trek out here. I wonder how many other people face similar problems all over the world but can't afford to relocate to Colorado or other progressive states.

Jeff Bones
Jeff Bones

Sad but at least they have a outlet at all, watched the CNN show Weeds again on this family and I couldn't imagine. God bless.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

sad that my home state couldn't provide for her

Caiti Elizabeth Patten
Caiti Elizabeth Patten

So you being Denver Westword, and this being about Vivian. My brain totally changed this to Vivian Westwood. I thought this article was about fashion!!! But good luck to miss Vivian WILSON

ImNotSmart
ImNotSmart

You can blame organizations like the pedophiles over at SMART Colorado for ill children being denied access to the life-saving herbs that they need to survive....I'm sure the local Colorado chapter welcomes more children into the state, though. Fresh meat.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Just what Colorado needs, east coast trash from New Jersey.



CryTears
CryTears

I'm moving to Colorado....get back into Real Estate!...but gosh, my fear is that some pple will take advantage of desperate families needing medicine for their loved ones and sell their homes for more than what they should...praying there will be a balance...those disgusted about the bunches of pot smoking hippies moving into the

Mile High City....ha....how ironic! LoL...but I'm not laughing...

I know 1st hand about pain, suffering, cancer and judgmental doctors who refuse to treat horrific pain to cancer patients who've tried treating off the charts pain by the medical pot.

Praying that Karma's a beachie....Gosh....a proven medical plant?!  But tobacco a known carcinogen, alcohol that kills millions....oyeee!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

Other "progressive" states? I hope not. I'd prefer to think of it as a libertarian state--what's left of it, anyway, with all the chipping around the edges and imported partisan politics.

You have to wonder why "progressive" states, such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc., didn't do it first. Maybe it's because "progressivism" isn't progress, and is more interested in controlling people's lives than ensuring them liberties. Watched it happen in California.

CryTears
CryTears

What in the heck are you talking about....fashion? 

These people are just average income...

I cannot understand where you're coming from, unless you have some serious issues when it comes to jealousy about this precious dear child wearing decent clothing...but perhaps in your neck of the woods, potato and flour sacks more to your liking!

Go back to your trailer park, pay your rent....your welfare check's arrived!

Freezer
Freezer

"Just what Colorado needs, east coast trash from New Jersey."

Wow. So a sick little girl is "trash" in your world?

Seek help.

ptavarez12
ptavarez12

@Cognitive_Dissident New Jersey is a wasteland. Cannabis should be legalize, sadly the state is filled with stupid people who support this fat governor. 


nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

@Freezer The westword gets 99% of it's daily comments from this 1 troll.

CryTears
CryTears

@ptavarez12 @Cognitive_Dissident

Isn't fat boy BFF's with those infamous Mafia'so family, reality TV Housewives New Jersey...mainly Guidices

Is too bad he couldn't work his magic and get Joe Guidice out of those federal charges, stealing millions $$$, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion...ha!

He's only big body wise...Karma's a beachie fat boy!

Yer day's o comin!

CryTears
CryTears

@nemopunk15 @Freezer  Well...there's good reason for this...their psych meds need tweeking.

But what do you expect for a jealous trailer trasher, on welfare, super jealous, nothing better to do but sit in front of the library computer and post comments.

LeEst theayz ken REED!

Hooker on FOnecks Wirk'd Fer Heer!

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