Today New Jersey’s youngest medical marijuana patient, 2-1/2-year-old Vivian Wilson, left the Compassionate Care Foundation medical marijuana dispensary in a stroller with a stuffed dog. Her parents, Brian and Meghan Wilson of Scotch Plains, left with a little more hope than they had the day before.
The moment was historic for the dispensary, which opened this morning — nearly four years after the state passed the law creating the program. But it was just as important for the Wilson family and other families with critically ill children across the state. It was the first time a family was able to buy the drug that in other states has helped curb the seizures that have stunted the toddler’s development, and could take her life. Vivian has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, which conventional medicine and a strict diet have not cured.
The Wilsons fought a very public battle that compelled the legislature and Gov. Chris Christie to remove some, but not all, of the barriers that have blocked children from trying medicinal pot. After Brian Wilson confronted Christie over the summer at a diner and politely pleaded with him to not let his daughter die, the governor signed a bill that will allow edible marijuana products to be sold to children and broadened the number of strains that may be grown.