Growing Hope: The Fight For Medical Marijuana For Epileptic Kids

They have illnesses so insidious they have stymied a virtual army of doctors and specialists. But these families believe that oils made from a cannabis plant might help their children where they say all other anti-epilepsy drugs have failed.

COLORADO:  January 22nd 2015 was a brisk, cold day. All the trees in Richmond, Virginia were bare from a harsh winter. As the chill blew up the hill in the city’s historic Shockoe Slip district, several families began to emerge from a hotel in the shadow of the State Capitol. Lisa Smith was there with Read the full article…

Colorado Springs Student Suspended For Bringing Medical Marijuana To School

A new Colorado statute would allow students to use cannabis medicine at school, but it doesn't go into effect until next school year.

COLORADO:  A disabled Sand Creek High School student was suspended Monday after school officials discovered medical marijuana in his lunch box, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. Jackson Stormes, 16, has constant seizures because of Dravet Syndrome, which has left him severely disabled. His mother, Jennie Stormes, says cannabis is the only medicine that has Read the full article…

WellSpan Prepares To Launch Region’s First Medical Marijuana Study

Two studies will test CBD on epilepsy: one for children with Dravet syndrome and one for those with Lennox–Gastaut syndrome.

PENNSYLVANIA:  At WellSpan Health, pediatric neurologist Dr. Todd Barron said about 50 percent of his patients have epilepsy. Medical marijuana isn’t a foreign topic, as anecdotal evidence suggests the CBD compound in the plant can help with seizures, he said. With no definite answer — yet — Barron said WellSpan will be conducting two studies Read the full article…

The Medical Marijuana Fight Hits Virginia

Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies to change the medicine their children receive in order to save their lives, each using a form of medical marijuana.

VIRGINIA: The debate continues about whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Not just across the country, but in Virginia as well. It’s an issue impacting many families, including one here in the Valley. Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies Read the full article…

Moms’ Marijuana-For-Kids Campaign Seeks To Quiet Epilepsy

Isaac Sintz, 7, works with his spelling and speech tutor Cassidy Ulrich, who is also his aunt.

UTAH:  April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug’s legal use. While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, Read the full article…

Six-Year-Old Medical Marijuana User Runs Afoul Of Health Canada Rules

Health Canada says that six-year-old with medical marijuana must smoke or vaporize his medicine.

CANADA:  Liam McKnight signed his medical marijuana licence when he was just five years old. The boy from Constance Bay suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. It can cause nearly constant seizures that last three to four minutes each. His condition led him to miss time during kindergarten. Liam had 67 seizures the day before Read the full article…

Ohio Needs Heroes

Ohio and Florida combined are the political epicenter of America.  If both Ohio and Florida turn this November, no candidate for President in 2016 will be able to win the White House without vowing to end prohibition and citizens all over the country will finally be freed from the shackles of this failed and flawed program.

OHIO: Paige needs a hero.  Ohio needs a lot of heroes.  The little girl in this poignant video is but one of many thousands of Ohioans who are suffering due to a lack of safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis. We have many families in Ohio with kids who suffer from Dravet Syndrome and Read the full article…

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

Some folks say, “Marijuana is not a voting issue, it’s not important.” Tell that to the 500,000 Pennsylvanians who have conditions that are treated with cannabis in 20 states.  Tell that to the moms I was with this morning, who have children who are suffering from Dravet Syndrome, whose lives are hanging in the balance. They want marijuana for their children and for them it is the only issue.

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career. Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction Read the full article…

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

Some folks say, “Marijuana is not a voting issue, it’s not important.” Tell that to the 500,000 Pennsylvanians who have conditions that are treated with cannabis in 20 states.  Tell that to the moms I was with this morning, who have children who are suffering from Dravet Syndrome, whose lives are hanging in the balance. They want marijuana for their children and for them it is the only issue.

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career. Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction Read the full article…

NY Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up

“New York won’t allow us to try a medication that is working for many other people,” Carly said. “Please give us the opportunity to try this drug in the comfort of our own state, in our own home, with our families.”

NEW YORK:  Standing patiently in the chamber of the Nassau County Legislature, Jeff Decker had his hands full as his 7-month-old daughter Mabel squirmed in his arms. His wife Carly Tangney Decker and his mother-in-law Cindy Tangney were testifying at a public hearing held a week before Christmas on a bill to authorize the medical Read the full article…