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In Canada, Parents Vow To Give Their Sick Children Medical Marijuana — Even If Doctors Won’t

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For years, Sarah Wilkinson woke up every day wondering if it would be her daughter’s last. When she was a baby, Mia was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy that caused her to suffer waves of intense seizures — sometimes up to 100 episodes in one day. To make matters worse, the dozens of pills Mia’s doctor had prescribed for …

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Medical marijuana for kids: A Mayo doctor explains why

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Updated: 12:50 p.m. | Posted: 9:10 a.m. More than 200 healthcare workers in Minnesota have registered to certify patients to receive medical marijuana under the new program that launched Wednesday. But even doctors who have registered for the program are advising patients to be realistic about their expectations for the medication. • More: Medical marijuana dispensaries open for Minnesota patients …

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Medical marijuana ‘mama bear’ vows to continue fighting for her daughter

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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 …

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Medical marijuana roadblock: Is Lydia’s Law helping our kids?

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Photo: Video by tmj4.com A Wisconsin mother fought to make a special kind of medical marijuana legal to help her daughter’s seizures. And now she’s facing a harsh realization – the law on the books does nothing for Wisconsin families.   Lydia’s Law passed last April.  Parents of children suffering from severe seizure disorders celebrated, but almost a year later …

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Girl needing medical cannabis leaving Texas immediately

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Alexis Bortell’s family decided they can’t wait any longer for Texas lawmakers to act on legalizing medical cannabis. They’re moving to a suburb of Denver next week. Alexis Bortell, 9 (Photo: Dean Bortell) DALLAS – Dean Bortell said he can no longer wait on lawmakers in Austin to act on legalizing medical cannabis for his 9-year-old daughter who suffers from …

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Parents plead for legalized medical marijuana in ND; attorney general opposes bill

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Tracy Vearrier, 37, of Bismarck, N.D., holds the hand of his 12-year-old daughter, Paige, as he speaks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at the state Capitol about his support for a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana in North Dakota, which he hopes will alleviate the frequent seizures Paige experiences. “We do not ask for a medication to make …

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Shedding the Stigma at Toronto Sick Kids’ Hospital?

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The subject of marijuana is tricky enough as it is without introducing children into the mix, but it’s necessary because there are significant benefits to be had. Granted it’s anecdotal, but it is becoming more and more documented, and now even the American Association of Pediatrics is recommending to the Drug Enforcement Agency that cannabis should be removed from the highly …

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Pediatricians on medical marijuana: not so fast

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CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids’ troublesome seizures …