(CNN) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday said he’d accept a medical marijuana bill that would expand options for patients — including allowing qualified children to consume edible forms — but only if certain changes are made.
Christie told the Legislature that he would sign the bill if it stipulated that edible forms of marijuana would be dispensed only to minors, not to patients of all ages.
Another condition: Christie wants to delete a provision that would have let children qualify for the program with only a doctor’s approval. Current law requires that children receive approval by at least a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.
The bill, S2842, would add edible marijuana to the current dry-leaf and lozenge options for all qualified patients. Christie wants the bill to allow edible marijuana for qualified children only — a move that would please parents concerned that the other options posed choking and other health concerns.