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Girl, 9, takes medical marijuana fight to Texas Capitol

In Advocacy, Children, Epilepsy, Industry News, Top Stories by ChrisLeave a Comment

AUSTIN — Alexis Bortell will tell you she’s a pretty normal kid. The 9-year old from Rowlett enjoys cartoons, playing with her younger sister and playing golf. Yet in addition to the usual concerns of a kid her age, she’s also fighting a life and death battle against epilepsy. Alexis’ father Dean Bortell, a U.S. Navy veteran, says Alexis’ first …

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Dad charged with giving sick child cannabis prompts medical marijuana debate

In Children, Global, Industry News by ChrisLeave a Comment

CANBERRA, Australia — The case of an Australian father who is facing prison for allegedly giving his cancer-stricken 2-year-old daughter cannabis to relieve her pain has triggered a groundswell of momentum for a campaign to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in the country. The 30-year-old father, who cannot be named under Australian law, was arrested outside his daughter’s hospital in …

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Canadian toddler needs cannabis oil to stop seizures

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A two-year-old girl in British Columbia suffers as many as 200 seizures daily, but when she is administered cannabis oil, she enjoys a seizure-free life. According to the Globe & Mail, the oil being used by Kyla Williams includes high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) the main ingredient in medical marijuana, and almost no psychoactive ingredients. Recently, the girl’s grandfather spoke publicly …

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Study: Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Worries about medical marijuana legalization leading to a rise in cannabis use among youth is all just unneccessary hand-wringing, according to a new study. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing medical marijuana did not give rise to increased use among adolescents. …

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Why this 10-year-old boy needs medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

It’s been more than a year now since Zaki Jackson suffered his last seizure. The 10-year-old Colorado Springs boy has Doose Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that strikes in early childhood and is extremely resistant to pharmaceutical medications. Zaki’s seizures started when he was just four months old. He was diagnosed with Doose two months later. By the time …

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Medical marijuana user wins daughter custody battle

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A Spokane County Superior Court judge decided to give custody of a 16-month-old toddler to her Washington father, a medical marijuana user who has been fighting to prove his medicine doesn’t interfere with his parenting duties. The judge said said the state can’t require Billy Fisher to take inpatient chemical dependency treatment as a condition of gaining custody of his young daughter. …

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How to talk to your kids about medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by AdrienneB

Steven Stairs has no qualms about talking to his 11-year-old daughter and five-year-old son about his medical marijuana use. The Winnipeg resident has been legally growing his own medicine since 2009, with about 45 to 50 plants in his backyard. Stairs smokes daily to relieve stress, treat eye pain associated with glaucoma, and maintain his vision. He says he has …

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Parents, politicians pushing for sick kids be treated with medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Children, Feature Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Medical marijuana and sick children may seem like an likely fit; however, the treatment has been recommended for nine-month-old Kaitlyn Pogson of Toronto. Physicians have suggested a cannabis oil extract may help alleviate the extreme seizures that have afflicted Kaitlyn since birth. Her parents are taking notice. In an exclusive interview with The Medical Marijuana Review, Kaitlyn’s father, Barry Pogson, …