With multiple accounts of medical marijuana proving profoundly beneficial at reducing patients’ seizures, the Epilepsy Foundation is now calling for immediate action to make medical marijuana more available. From the foundation:
The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana. Nothing should stand in the way of patients gaining access to potentially life-saving treatment. If a patient and their healthcare professionals feel that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks, then families need to have that legal option now — not in five years or ten years. For people living with severe uncontrolled epilepsy, time is not on their side. This is a very important, difficult, and personal decision that should be made by a patient and family working with their healthcare team.
The Epilepsy Foundation is asking the Obama administration to remove marijuana from Schedule I and to stop impeding research into its potential medical benefits. They also plan to push state governments to allow patients with epilepsy to get access to medical marijuana.
Last year CNN prominently featured one example of just how effective medical marijuana can be at helping reduce seizures. Thanks to a high CBD (cannabidiol) strain of medical marijuana a young girl, Charlotte Figi, went from having 300 grand mal seizures a week to only two to three a week.
The Obama administration has the power to reschedule marijuana on their own without congressional involvement, but their official position remains that it has no medical value.