The Epilepsy Foundation of America is calling for an end to federal
restrictions on medical marijuana, in light of its potential benefits
for treating uncontrolled epilepsy.
On Thursday, the foundation released a statement pushing for legal access to medical marijuana nationwide.
“If a patient and their doctor feel that marijuana is their best treatment option then they need to have safe, legal access to medical marijuana and they need that access now.”
The statement, written by Epilepsy Foundation CEO Philip M. Gattone and Chair Warren Lammert, notes that clinical trials have already begun on a marijuana-derived chemical called cannabidiol (CBD).
But federal restrictions make studying the chemical unnecessarily difficult, the statement continues. And while Lammert’s daughter is lucky enough to be one of the children enrolled in these trials, many others must wait for final FDA approval.
Some families have uprooted their lives to obtain CBD oil through Colorado’s medical marijuana program.
More than 100 families of epileptic children have relocated to the state since CNN aired the story of a young girl with Dravet syndrome last summer. Families have come not only from other states, but Canada as well.