FDA Approves First Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug

MARYLAND: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from Read the full article…

Growing Hope: The Fight For Medical Marijuana For Epileptic Kids

COLORADO:  January 22nd 2015 was a brisk, cold day. All the trees in Richmond, Virginia were bare from a harsh winter. As the chill blew up the hill in the city’s historic Shockoe Slip district, several families began to emerge from a hotel in the shadow of the State Capitol. Lisa Smith was there with Read the full article…

Colorado Springs Student Suspended For Bringing Medical Marijuana To School

COLORADO:  A disabled Sand Creek High School student was suspended Monday after school officials discovered medical marijuana in his lunch box, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. Jackson Stormes, 16, has constant seizures because of Dravet Syndrome, which has left him severely disabled. His mother, Jennie Stormes, says cannabis is the only medicine that has Read the full article…

WellSpan Prepares To Launch Region’s First Medical Marijuana Study

PENNSYLVANIA:  At WellSpan Health, pediatric neurologist Dr. Todd Barron said about 50 percent of his patients have epilepsy. Medical marijuana isn’t a foreign topic, as anecdotal evidence suggests the CBD compound in the plant can help with seizures, he said. With no definite answer — yet — Barron said WellSpan will be conducting two studies Read the full article…

The Medical Marijuana Fight Hits Virginia

VIRGINIA: The debate continues about whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Not just across the country, but in Virginia as well. It’s an issue impacting many families, including one here in the Valley. Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies Read the full article…

Moms’ Marijuana-For-Kids Campaign Seeks To Quiet Epilepsy

UTAH:  April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug’s legal use. While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, Read the full article…

Six-Year-Old Medical Marijuana User Runs Afoul Of Health Canada Rules

CANADA:  Liam McKnight signed his medical marijuana licence when he was just five years old. The boy from Constance Bay suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. It can cause nearly constant seizures that last three to four minutes each. His condition led him to miss time during kindergarten. Liam had 67 seizures the day before Read the full article…

Ohio Needs Heroes

OHIO: Paige needs a hero.  Ohio needs a lot of heroes.  The little girl in this poignant video is but one of many thousands of Ohioans who are suffering due to a lack of safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis. We have many families in Ohio with kids who suffer from Dravet Syndrome and Read the full article…

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career. Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction Read the full article…

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career. Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction Read the full article…