Gov. Christie signs law regulating medical marijuana for students with disabilities

An epileptic teen from Maple Shade, New Jersey has won the fight to take medical marijuana in school.

An epileptic teen from Maple Shade, New Jersey has won the fight to take medical marijuana in school.

Genny Barbour hasn't spent a full day in school since April when her school forbade her from taking her prescribed medical marijuana on campus, citing FDA regulations.

But that changed earlier this month when Governor Chris Christie signed a law regulating medical marijuana for students with developmental disabilities.

"We went to court originally in December 2014.  We lost three times and we've been waiting and waiting for a good court ruling or Governor Christie to sign this bill," said Roger Barbour, Genny's father.  "We totally did not expect it.  We were caught off guard."

The Larc School is now the first school in the nation to enact a medical marijuana policy for students.

But, there's a catch: Only guardians, caretakers and parents can administer the drug, which means the Barbours will still have to go to school each day to bring Genny her medicine.

"Genny's in the custody of the school six hours five days a week," Barbour said.  "Who better to give her the medicine?" 

Experts agree. Ken Wolski of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey said more needs to be done.

"This really just points out the difficulties that legitimate patients have in obtaining medicine they're prescribed," Wolski said.

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