DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
Thousands of families of critically ill children and advocates for marijuana reform launched a national campaign Wednesday supporting the legalization of certain strains of cannabis oil that have shown therapeutic benefits.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) first introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act, named for 8-year-old Charlotte Figi, who successfully treats her debilitating seizure disorder with a non-psychoactive form of marijuana, last year. The measure, re-introduced in March after revisions, would remove similar types of medical cannabis from the federal list of Schedule I substances, which the federal government considers to have no medicinal value. All forms of marijuana are currently illegal under federal law.
“We’re not trying to do something fringe here,” Charlotte’s mother, Paige Figi, who’s spearheading the campaign, told The Huffington Post by phone in advance of the launch. “This is a human rights issue. This has been lifesaving for my daughter.”
The campaign, dubbed the Coalition for Access Now, kicked off with an event at the National Press Club in Washington. In the coming months, the group plans to educate lawmakers and the public about the benefits of therapeutic hemp oil, which is derived from the marijuana plant and has been used to treat thousands of children with uncontrolled epilepsy.