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By David Madden

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (CBS) – A North Jersey couple who helped change state law to get Medical Marijuana for their ailing toddler is pulling up stakes and moving to Colorado, so the child can get the help she needs.

Meghan and Brian Wilson of Scotch Plains, Union County have a two-and-a-half year old daughter with epilepsy. The law now allows for Vivian to get a strain of medical marijuana in edible form that could help.

You’d think mom Meghan would be thrilled, but “unfortunately, six months later, none of those changes have been implemented,” she said.

And it’s not like they haven’t tried. They got a prescription — turned the leaves into oil which wasn’t enough to meet Vivian’s needs. But it turns out the state lacks the equipment to test the oil for safety.

Supporters of the treatment have complained about how the state has rolled out the program from its onset almost four years ago.

The Wilsons are looking for a house in the Denver area, where Vivian will get the medicine she needs, and if New Jersey gets its medical marijuana program up and running properly, Meghan says they’d consider coming back:

“We’re just going to go to Colorado and…maybe we’ll only need to be there for a year. Maybe two years. We don’t think it’s gonna be forever. But we can’t sit here waiting for the state to implement the changes to the program while our daughter continues to suffer.”

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