Right dosage of medical marijuana relieves child’s seizures, but federal intervention feared

Right dosage of medical marijuana relieves child’s seizures, but federal intervention feared

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LEICESTER – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to end the use of medical marijuana has Lisa and Laurence Cole concerned. The couple credits medical cannabis solutions they have administered to their 8-year-old daughter, Maddie, for two years for her improved health and a reduction in the number and severity of seizures she experiences. Before the treatment, she would have 75 to more than 100 seizures in one day. Now, the number is 15 to 40. They are not sure what would happen if the federal government takes action to stop the use of medical marijuana currently allowed in Massachusetts and in 29 other states and the District of Columbia. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin, which means it is illegal under federal law, even if states allow it. President Obama’s administration took an approach of nonresistance regarding the state laws. During his campaign, President Trump said marijuana laws, like most other matters, should be decided at the state level. But Sessions, a strong anti-marijuana advocate, would like to undo the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress passed in 2014 prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. “It is concerning for sure. It’s a frightening prospect for families like mine,” Mrs. Cole said. “If the medical marijuana programs were to go away, you’re basically excluding every patient under the age of 18 from their medicine.” Ms. Cole said she is also concerned with the state’s medical marijuana law that voters passed in 2012. She was eager to have her daughter participate because she had heard about Charlotte Figi, a 5-year-old whose 300 grand mal seizures a week were greatly reduced after being treated with a strain of marijuana that has no psychoactivity. It took a couple […]

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