Dana Ulrich has become an unlikely advocate for medical marijuana. Her daughter Lorelei was diagnosed with intractable autism and suffers from as many as 700 seizures every day. (Wallace McKelvey) Dana Ulrich has been mired in the battle over medical marijuana in Pennsylvania for nearly two years as one of the “mama bears.”
Her 7-year-old daughter, Lorelei, suffers from intractible epilepsy and experiences as many as 700 seizures a day. This week, she’s visited a number of lawmakers and will hold a press conference after Wednesday’s Senate committee hearing.
“What we’re asking is for the lawmakers to pass a law that will allow medical professionals to recommend this treatment for patients,” she said in PennLive’s new podcast, Keystone Q&A , “and then just simply step aside and let the doctors do their job.”
While the House will likely represent an uphill battle for legislation , Ulrich said she and other parents like her will continue to push for access to cannabis to treat illnesses like cancer, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ve already earned the “mama bear” moniker for their persistence on the issue.
“This is not a situation where we see a little bump in the road and give up,” she said.