KENTUCKY: A bill to allow trial use of cannabis oil for severe childhood seizures gained momentum Wednesday, clearing a Kentucky Senate panel that heard pleas from parents wanting the treatment for their children.
Rita Wooton held up a photo of her 4-year-old son Eli, who has suffered from uncontrollable seizures since birth. Doctors have prescribed more than a dozen medicines that haven’t worked, and a neurologist recently suggested the family try cannabis oil, the eastern Kentucky woman said.
“You don’t know what it’s like ’till you take my son home with you,” Wooton told the lawmakers, her voice shaking with emotion. “I’m not looking for sympathy or even empathy. We’re looking for help, and that’s where we come to you all. It’s your … decision on what my son gets as far as treatment.”