Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Mon, January, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
Many families struggle with living in illegal states while their children suffer for afflictions like cancer and epilepsy. What’s even more frustrating is waiting for the laws to change in a state, counting down the days to when the government lets these parents use a medicine that actually works for their kids. This is the reality of Angie and Josh Weaver, who are waiting for July 1, 2015, when marijuana will be available for their daughter, who is currently fighting Dravet syndrome.
On July 1st, Minnesota will begin to implement medical marijuana laws. The bill was put in to motion by legislator Carly Melin. But the law enforcement groups in the area were strongly against any sort of marijuana legalization and Gov. Mark Dayton said that he refused to sign a bill regarding the plant without the support of law enforcement. The Weavers, along with a handful of other families, worked hard to change the idea of the officers whose support they desperately needed. The inspiration was Amelia, their 8 year old daughter, who suffers from a devastating form of epilepsy.
While Amelia managed to learn to walk and say the ABCs, along with counting to 20 at age 2 1/2, she began to have the seizures. Now, she cannot communicate verbally, walks aimlessly, falls frequently, and can’t handle a fork or spoon. A year ago, Amelia was suffering from anywhere between 20 and 30 severe seizures a day. The little girl would fall to the ground and shake, losing muscle control completely. Her parents say her condition has only worsened since then. She now has between 30 and 50 seizures a day, paired with as many as 10 grand map seizures. Even though the parents have tried numerous medicines, even those that sometimes help with Dravet haven’t worked for Amelia.
“When Minnesota passed the medical cannabis law, our family didn’t have enough money to move to Colorado,” Weaver wrote. “During this year, we’ve been working with Amelia’s neurologist to provide the best care until cannabis is available to us.” Children like Amelia absolutely deserve treatment such as cannabis in hopes that they can develop and live life normally. Minnesota Department of Health selected two companies to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in the state. The one that will be supplying LeafLine Labs, plans to have a distributor for Hibbing no later than July 1, 2016. Until then, the Weavers will travel to the Twin Cities as necessary to get the supplies for their daughter.