GUAM: Dylan Terlaje has lived with epileptic seizures since he was 3 months old.
Dylan, now 8, and his parents, Judy and John Terlaje of Dededo, have tried 11 different medications and two trips to California to help with the seizures. They’re hoping to try one more option: medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana could be legalized on island if a new bill is passed into law.
Sens. Tina Muña Barnes, D-Mangilao, and Aline Yamashita, R-Tamuning, yesterday introduced Bill 215, also known as the Joaquin Concepcion Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.
The bill is named after the late Joaquin Concepcion, also known as KC Concepcion.
Concepcion’s parents and wife arrived at the Legislature, Friday, and symbolically hand-delivered the bill to the legislative clerk’s office.
“This bill is the right thing to do, not only on behalf of my son, but also on behalf of anyone on our island who is suffering from a serious illness like cancer, if it can help ease the pain in their body or eases the emotional pain that one endures when you know that your life is coming to an end,” said Kin Concepcion.
The Terlajes began asking their doctors, both on Guam and in California, about the possibility of trying medical marijuana for their son after they watched a report on CNN by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta’s report featured a woman, Charlotte Figi, who had a condition very similar to their son’s, whose seizures decreased from 300 a week to one or two a month after she was prescribed marijuana.