Walker To Sign Marijuana Extract Bill

By Associated Press

WISCONSIN: Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign into law a bill that would legalize possession of a marijuana extract used to treat seizures.  The governor plans to sign the bill Monday in Burlington.

Parents of children who suffer from seizures have pushed for access to cannabidiol oil for years.  The bill would make possession of the oil legal with a doctor’s certification.

The measure passed the Republican-controlled Legislature after a similar version stalled last session amid fears it would lead to full marijuana legalization.

The oil does not produce a high.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana On Deck In 2016

SOUTH CAROLINA:  Because she has seizures every day and slams into the ground, 18-year-old Dixie Pace has worn a helmet since November.

Pace uses cannabidiol oil, an oil derived from marijuana that was legalized in South Carolina last year for certain forms of epilepsy, to reduce her seizures from 50 down to an average of less than 10 a day.

“That’s just one oil,” Pace’s mother, April Pace, said Wednesday during a State House rally, urging the Legislature to legalize medical marijuana. April Pace says access to a different oil extracted from marijuana, or the plant itself, could control further — or possibly stop — Dixie Pace’s seizures.

Earlier Wednesday, April Pace testified to a panel of state senators considering a bill to allow the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions.

 

Florida Governor Signs Law Allowing Limited Medical Marijuana Use

FLORIDA:  On Monday, Governor Rick Scott signed a medical marijuana bill that allows the use of “Charlotte’s Web,” a non-euphoric strain of cannabis, for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

“As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer,” Scott said in a statement. “The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life.”

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, doctors will be allowed to prescribe the medication. Charlotte’s Web is cultivated specifically to be low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the component that gets users high, and is processed for patients into an extract high in cannabidiol oil (CBD). The final product is usually placed under the tongue for consumption.

Iowa Families Face Treacherous Trip To Get Cannabis Oil

IOWA: While the Iowa legislature has approved a bill to allow cannabis oil’s use for some patients, the oil will not be sold in Iowa.

Families will be forced to drive to a state where it is available to get it. That means driving hundreds of miles likely to Colorado and then transporting it back through states where it is not legal to possess, like Nebraska.

Amanda Gregory’s six-year-old daughter suffers from a severe form of the neurological disorder.

Parents Believe Medical Marijuana Could Change Son’s Life

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. [Read more…]

University Of Utah Doctor: Say ‘Yes’ To Cannabis Oil For Kids

UTAH: The University of Utah’s top pediatric neurologist has come out in support of families seeking access to a cannabis extract that has proven successful at stopping seizures.

“I would like to express my strong belief that [cannabidiol]-based oils (referred to here in Utah as Alepsia) should be available as soon as possible to Utah children with severe epilepsy. The substance is not psychoactíve or hallucinogenic, it contains less THC than do other materials that can be legally purchased in Utah, and it has absolutely no abuse potential,” declared U. pediatric neurology professor Francis Filloux in a Nov. 11 letter of support. [Read more…]

University Of Utah Doctor: Say ‘Yes’ To Cannabis Oil For Kids

UTAH: The University of Utah’s top pediatric neurologist has come out in support of families seeking access to a cannabis extract that has proven successful at stopping seizures.

“I would like to express my strong belief that [cannabidiol]-based oils (referred to here in Utah as Alepsia) should be available as soon as possible to Utah children with severe epilepsy. The substance is not psychoactíve or hallucinogenic, it contains less THC than do other materials that can be legally purchased in Utah, and it has absolutely no abuse potential,” declared U. pediatric neurology professor Francis Filloux in a Nov. 11 letter of support. [Read more…]