Medical Marijuana Treatment Of Pediatric Epilepsy Attracts More Parents To Colorado

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    CC Oct 21 2013 By Andrea Rael, The Huffington Post


    A small faction of parents calling themselves marijuana "refugees" are heading to Colorado in order to obtain medical marijuana for their children who suffer from epilepsy.

    According to a recent report by The Colorado Springs Gazette, parents of children suffering from severe epilepsy are becoming more drawn to the apparent success stories of children whose seizures are being curbed by medical marijuana.

    In June there were only 35 kids under the age of 18 on the Colorado patient registry, but as of August that number rose to 60. Medical marijuana is legal for minors in the state and in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia, as long as they have some form of parental consent.

    The increase of patients in August coincided with the airing of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary "WEED" which featured the medical marijuana success story of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi.

    Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of prolonged seizures that begin in infancy and can result in death. The young girl was having over 300 tonic-clonic seizures a week and her mother Paige Figi said the family had "reached the end of the road" with pharmaceutical drugs for her, so they began to consider cannabis.

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    Children taken from their parents for pot plants in the home. For advocating cannabis. Some areas of the country giving a child cannabis no matter what favorable results. Could end in very long term prison. Forfeiture the house, confiscate the property and farm out the kids to foster care. Paranoia feeding profits with a tax paid narrator keeping up the suspense and drama to sell the drug war. What is the message to kids putting their parents in prison and siblings into bible thumping child sweatshops. Rehabs and Prisons poisons and it is all just profits. DdC

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    Medical Marijuana Treatment Of Pediatric Epilepsy
    Attracts More Parents To Colorado

    2 year old Vivian Wilson looks out from her car seat at her dad Brian Wilson (reflected in window) as they prepare to leave the Compassionate Care Foundation, New Jersey's 2nd medical marijuana dispensary which opened today. 2 year old Vivian suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome which conventional medicine cannot control. The Wilson's will be making the marijuana they obtained today, called CCF CBD1 or "high CBD low THC", into an oil which they can then administer to Vivian.
    Egg Harbor Twp NJ 10/28/13
    (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

    N.J.'s Youngest MMJ Patient Gets Her Turn
    CN: By Susan K. Livio October 28, 2013 Star-Ledger
    Egg Harbor Township -- Today New Jersey's youngest medical marijuana patient, 2-1/2-year-old Vivian Wilson, left the Compassionate Care Foundation medical marijuana dispensary in a stroller with a stuffed dog. Her parents, Brian and Meghan Wilson of Scotch Plains, left with a little more hope than they had the day before.

    The moment was historic for the dispensary, which opened this morning -- nearly four years after the state passed the law creating the program. But it was just as important for the Wilson family and other families with critically ill children across the state. It was the first time a family was able to buy the drug that in other states has helped curb the seizures that have stunted the toddler's development, and could take her life. Vivian has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, which conventional medicine and a strict diet have not cured.

    The Wilsons fought a very public battle that compelled the legislature and Gov. Chris Christie to remove some, but not all, of the barriers that have blocked children from trying medicinal pot. After Brian Wilson confronted Christie over the summer at a diner and politely pleaded with him to not let his daughter die, the governor signed a bill that will allow edible marijuana products to be sold to children and broadened the number of strains that may be grown.

    "It's great to see them open, but it's not going to help us much right now," Brian Wilson said as he strapped his youngest child in her car seat. "It's another tiny step forward."

    By removing the state's limit on strains that can be sold, the dispensary can offer a wide variety -- including those that may help children with epilepsy. But while the law allows edible, marijuana-infused products for children, neither of the state's two dispensaries are offering them yet.

    Now the Wilsons need to figure out how to cook down the ounce of cannabis they received into a butter or an oil to add to her food, Brian Wilson said. They also need to buy the equipment that would condense the smoke that could be inhaled through a vaporizer. Then they'll need the state Health Department, if it is willing, to test the potency of the drug to make sure it contains enough of CBD, or cannabidiol -- the active ingredient that has helped reduce the number and severity of seizures in Dravet sufferers in Colorado and California. The Egg Harbor dispensary doesn't sell that strain, but they produced something with a higher CBD strain than most other plants.

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