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NJ Assembly Okays Pot For Children

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New Jersey's newly minted marijuana law—which would make several strains of pot available for medicinal use—is going in a bold new direction: Into the bodies of children.

The New Jersey Assembly today passed a measure that would make the stuff available to children who suffer from severe epilepsy. As young tykes generally lack the dexterity to roll a fat spliff, the weed will come in edible form, for easy consumption by the playground set. (Adults, unfortunately, will not have access to the edibles, aside from lozenges permitted by the Health Department.)

Of the 20 states to have legalized pot for medical use, New Jersey has some of the tightest controls. The list of qualifying medical conditions is the shortest, and it was the only state to put a cap on the drug's potency.

Lawmakers initially passed the bill in June, but Governor Chris Christie said he'd only support it if it contains the requirement that the treatment be approved by at least two doctors, ABC reports. Then again, if a baby can DJ, we're willing to bet our water bongs the whippersnappers will find a way of faking it.

The bill will now return to the New Jersey legislature.

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