NEBRASKA: A Bellevue couple said if medical marijuana could help their son’s seizures, they want it legalized.
Will Gillen was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Every day, the 11-year-old experiences violent seizures that prevent him from developing like most children.
“The medicines that he’s on right now, there are multiple side effects and he is in a constant fog,” said Shelley Gillen, Will’s mother.
A clearer option for Will could be five hours west — a medical marijuana product called cannabidiol oil, or CBD. Colorado parents with children similar to Will report seeing positive results.
“You got this major surgery is an option and you have this possibility oil or something may help him. It seems like it’s a pretty easy choice,” said Dominic Gillen, Will’s father.
If marijuana can stop their son’s seizures, the Gillens wants the law to allow it, but in Nebraska, all marijuana remains illegal.
“It’s frustrating knowing that across the border there is an option,” Dominic said.
The Bellevue couple took their frustration to state Sen. Sue Crawford.
“That is, I think, the first step that we’ll take in Nebraska is to find out of our existing regulations — is this substance something we could already clarify if it’s okay for parents to buy or would there have to be a change in regulations?” Crawford said.