Parents of 2-year-old to Chris Christie: 'Don't Let Our Daughter Die - Legalize Medical Marijuana'

During the same week that Chris Christie's nationwide popularity remains at a high (among Republicans and Democrats alike), the New Jersey Governor is getting heat regarding the use of medical marijuana for children after a campaign visit to Scotch Plains brought Christie head to head with a father who had something heartrending to say. 

The parents of Vivian Wilson—the two-year-old New Jersey native who suffers from seizures, and whose story became national news earlier this month when it relaunched the eon-long debate regarding medical marijuana—wrote a letter to Christie in early August urging him to sign a measure that would make medical marijuana accessible to children. 

As reported by CBS Local News, the exchange between father Brian Wilson and the Governor became heated, culminating in Wilson pleading, "please don't let me daughter die, Governor. Don't let my daughter die." 

The exchange continued when Wilson asked the Governor what the hold up has been with the bill, leading the Christie to state that the medical marijuana bill is a "complicated issue."

"Very simple issue," the father snapped back.

"No, I know you think it's simple…and it's not," Christie retorted. 

The Wilsons' daughter is said to have multiple seizures a day, and has been forced to wear special glasses at the age of two because light is said to trigger her attacks. Her parents have stated that a strain of marijuana that doesn't give users a high, has the potential to help their daughter significantly, but the state's law prevents them from access. 

The Willsons and other parents  have been fighting for a bill that would allow children with certain medical conditions to take marijuana in the form of pills or oils, and have made a point of noting that the strain they would require more of something called CBD, as opposed to THC, the component that tends to get users high.

The bill has already been passed, and is simply awaiting Christie's signature. But the presidential hopeful is surely thinking more about his future prospects than saving children. How would it play to the Republican base is, in all likelihood, foremost on his mind. 

"Every day, she's dying more and more and he keeps wanting to think about this bill," Wilson said. Should Christie veto the bill, the Wilsons will have no choice, they say, but to move to Colorado where marijuana was recently legalized. 

The Governor concluded the tense back-and-forth by stating that he would have a decision by Friday.

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