By Joel Connelly
The Epilepsy Foundation has strongly endorsed medical marijuana as a treatment option for the seizures that strike 2.3 million Americans, and has called on the federal government to change how it classifies pot.
“The Epilepsy Foundation believes that the end of seizures should not be determined by one’s zip code,” CEO Philip Cattone and board chairman Warren Lammert said Thursday in a statement.
The two foundation leaders urged the feds to:
– Reschedule marijuana from its status as a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin, in recognition of properties that help patients of multiple illnesses.
– Support state laws that allow for the use of marijuana for the relief of pain, laws that now apply in much of the West, including California, the nation’s most populous state.
– Support medical marijuana as a treatment option. “This is a very important, difficult and personal decision that should be made by a patient and family working with their health care team,” said Cattone and Lammert.
The Huffington Post reported late Thursday that more than 100 families have relocated to Colorado, where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational purposes, specifically to developed a specially cultivated pot called Charlotte’s web. It is low in THC content.
“The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana,” added Cattone and Lammert.
“Nothing should stand in the way of patients gaining access to potentially life-saving treatment if a patient and their health care professionals feel that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks.”
About 1 million epilepsy patients in America do not respond to conventional treatment; Epilepsy Foundation leaders want medical marijuana available to them.
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