Marijuana: Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, rips Colorado's pot laws
Update below: Before becoming mired in a political scandal involving a bridge closure, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was once among the favorites to be nominated for President by the Republican Party, which could hold its 2016 convention here; Denver is a host-city finalist for the event.
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Should Christie make a comeback as a presidential contender, he may find himself in a city and a state he's gone out of his way to deride over marijuana laws. And this week, he made his most passionate and negative statements about Colorado and pot yet.
As we've reported, Christie argued that requiring a pediatrician and a psychiatrist to approve of a minor's MMJ use, with at least one needing to be registered with the state's program, is an important safeguard -- something he stressed via the following Colorado reference:
Jennie Stormes was among the New Jersey parents who lobbied in favor of a law to allow sick New Jersey kids access to medical marijuana.
This approach is endorsed by the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises that children are at particular risk from the use of marijuana because their reactions to medications often differ from adults. Notably, at least one recent study has indicated a rise in emergency hospitalizations in Colorado for accidental marijuana ingestion in children.In that study, which we reported about earlier in 2013, co-authors George Wang and Michael Kosnett looked at emergency room visits at Children's Hospital involving unintentional marijuana exposure in kids via ingestion. "We saw zero from January 2005 through September 2009" out of 790 patients that fit the criteria, Wang told us. "But from October 2009 through December 2011, we saw fourteen visits to the ER at Children's for children less than twelve who'd been unintentionally exposed to marijuana," out of 588 applicable patients.
The MMJ policy in New Jersey proved a challenge to Meghan and Brian Wilson, whose daughter Vivian suffers from seizures they wanted to treat with high-CBD, marijuana-derived medication.
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