Chris Christie’s medical marijuana dilemma under the spotlight

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has promised to decide by Friday whether to sign a medical marijuana bill. And his forthcoming decision has generated a great deal of attention in the state.

Christie was confronted Thursday by a man who pleaded with him to sign the bill, which would ease restrictions to allow severely ill children to take an edible strain of cannabis.

"Please don’t let my daughter die, governor," said New Jersey resident Brian Wilson, in an exchange that was widely covered in the local media. Wilson's daughter suffers from a severe form of epilepsy that he says can be treated with certain strains of medical marijuana.

Below is video of the encounter:

Christie told Wilson there are "complicated issues" at play and that he would announce his decision by Friday.

The exchange also landed on the front page of the Newark Star-Ledger, the state's largest newspaper:

It's safe to say Friday won't be a slow news day in New Jersey.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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