This is Vivian Wilson. She is two and a half.
She also has a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, which gives her multiple, life-endangering seizures each day.
The good news is, medical marijuana can stop those seizures from occurring and help her live a normal life.
The bad news is, she lives in New Jersey, where Governor Chris Christie finds the issue of signing a medical marijuana bill which will make it easy for sick children to get the medicine they need mysteriously complicated.
Oh wait, it’s not mysterious at all: Christie wants to run for President in 2016, and he’s more concerned about how his approval of such a bill will play with the Republican base than whether or not kids like Vivian can escape the real possibility of a very young and very preventable death.
"Scummy" doesn’t even begin to describe this kind of politicking.
“I was wondering what the holdup is. It’s been like two months now,” Wilson pressed the governor.
“These are complicated issues,” Gov. Christie responded to Wilson.
“Very simple issue,” the father shot back.
“No, I know you think it’s simple…I know you think it’s simple and it’s not,” Christie said.
At the end of their exchange, Christie told Wilson he’d decide in the coming days whether to sign the bill.
“I’ll have a decision by Friday. I wish for the best for you, your daughter and your family and I’m going to do what I think is best for the people of the state,” Christie told Wilson.
What’s best for the state is a no-brainer: Don’t force sick children to stay sick because you want to win Iowa. If Christie vetoes the bill, the Wilson family will have to move to Colorado to potentially save their daughter’s life, and no doubt other NJ families will have to make similarly tough decisions.
Adding the the absurdity of Christie’s stall tactics is the fact that at least 2/3 of Republicans are already completely ok with states legalizing medical marijuana. This isn’t a controversial issue anymore, and it should be no excuse for even GOP hopefuls to block legalization efforts.
Chris Christie’s prohibitionism is not only outdated — it’s also dangerous.
If you live in New Jersey, I strongly encourage you to contact Christie’s office and express support for Vivian and medical marijuana freedom in your state. If he really is going to make a decision by Friday, your calls could literally help determine what that is. If possible, tell them you’re a Republican AND you support medical marijuana.