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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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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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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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How medical marijuana can help sick children

In Feature Stories by Matt DeLuca

Raising a child with a disease is a struggle for any parent, but when one California mother saw her autistic 9-year-old drop down to 42 pounds, she made a decision to try anything that might help him. Joey had been diagnosed with anorexia and malnutrition, conditions directly associated with the pharmaceuticals being used to treat his autism. Joey’s mother, Mieko …

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Survey: Majority of U.S. parents support medical marijuana legalization

In Advocacy, Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new survey recently revealed that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization. Parents overwhelmingly believe that, like alcohol, marijuana should only be legal for adults over the age of 21. The online survey, conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a hardline critic of drug use, found “that despite shifting attitudes in support of marijuana legalization, the risks of marijuana – especially …