Her parents say they had exhausted every medical option currently available. Then, in spring 2013, they tried cannabidiol, or CBD oil, the non-psychoactive element of marijuana.
During the next six months, they saw an improvement in Christy. She had fewer seizures and improved cognitively. She was able to answer more questions, and her responses were quicker.
There weren’t the side effects of other drugs, her parents say. Yet this conservative family, whose relationship with God as Christ’s followers informs how they live their lives, worried about getting caught and what that would do to their other children — Alice, 21, Joe, 19, and Lex, 16 — and to Christy. (These are not the real names of the family members and their last name is not being used in this story because medical marijuana use is not legal in Texas.)
Their supply dried up, and they watched Christy slowly return to being less verbal and having more seizures.
They and other parents like them want medical marijuana to be like any other drug a doctor prescribes. Now, they have found themselves as advocates for a hot-button issue, even though all they really want is to keep their daughter from withdrawing back into herself.
For six months, Statesman videographer Reshma Kirpalani has followed this family’s decision to use medical marijuana to treat their daughter’s epilepsy. They tell their story on the agreement of anonymity.
As some Republicans try to get to federal government to push back on marijuana legalization, others believe that legalization is good for the nation. Norm Stamper (Former Seattle Police Chief) and Alexander McCobin (co-founder of Students for Liberty) join to discuss.
“Representatives of the Baker Institute Drug Policy Program, in partnership with the South Texas College of Law, went to the Marijuana Investment Conference [Oct. 5-6th in Houston Texas] to talk to industry insiders about how they envisioned the future of the cannabis industry. Several common themes emerged. All of the attendees we talked to were excited about the profit potential for the emerging industry and cited the additional tax revenue and economic development opportunities as the greatest economic benefits to legalization.
“Not surprisingly, they also also favored a free-market legalization model, as distinguished from full state regulation, which is to be implemented in Uruguay in 2015. (Under the Uruguay model, the government will regulate marijuana production, sale, and consumption. Growers, sellers, and consumers will have to register with the Uruguayan government.) However, even though there was strong support for the free market model, several attendees also stressed the importance of the industry’s not becoming dominated by corporations and large-scale production. They also favored high-quality product standards, organically certified cannabis, and stringent testing for mold, mildew and other contaminants.”
A desire for policy change has always been implicit in that support. But in an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post on Friday, CNN’s chief medical correspondent called for full-scale federal legalization of medical marijuana in no uncertain terms.
“In terms of making this legal for medicinal purposes — yes, and there are both very pragmatic reasons and more subjective reasons for that,” Gupta said.
He added that federal legalization of medical cannabis should happen if for no other reason than to address the “ridiculousness of the refugee situation” in Colorado.
Most Texans would support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, and close to a majority would support legalization for any use, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Only 23 percent of Texas registered voters said marijuana should be illegal in all cases. Another 28 percent would legalize it for medical use only, and 49 percent would legalize marijuana for any purpose, either in small quantities (32 percent) or in any quantities (17 percent).