Patients, families say medical marijuana in Missouri will be life-changing

Patients, families say medical marijuana in Missouri will be life-changing

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Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters easily passed an amendment Tuesday legalizing medical marijuana. Amendment 2 will allow doctors to recommend the drug for the following conditions and their side effects: Cancer Epilepsy Glaucoma Migraines unresponsive to other treatment Chronic medical conditions that cause severe pain/muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome Psychiatric disorders like PTSD HIV and AIDS Any chronic condition normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to dependence Other chronic, debilitating illnesses like hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease and ALS 41 Action News spoke with two patients who stand to benefit from Amendment 2 passing. The Patient Impact Avery Lango is like most two-year-olds. The feisty blonde toddler loves watching cartoons and spending time with her siblings. But there’s something else she has to deal with every day. "On a typical day, she has anywhere from 20 to 100 small absent seizures," her mom, Sarah Lango, said. Every couple months Avery has more severe seizures that last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours. It’s a catastrophic form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. The condition doesn’t respond well to typical treatment options, and the medications available are less than ideal. "They’re offering her a lot of harmful, harmful side effects. They’re very addictive. They’re very hard on her development and her cognitive abilities," Lango said. Through research and stories from other families, the Langos learned medical marijuana products were helping kids like Avery have fewer seizures or stopping them once they started. That’s why the family got involved with New Approach Missouri, the campaign for Amendment 2. "All of our apples were in one basket. We didn’t have a plan B," Lango said. […]

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