Families Celebrate Medical Cannabis Compromise

Created: 05/15/2014 5:52 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- With medical marijuana on the brink of becoming law, the families who've been fighting for it are excited about this recent glimpse of hope.

“She has them when she falls asleep and sometimes she doesn't want to go to sleep thinking she might have another seizure," said Melissa Gerads. She’s talking about her little girl who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the young age of two. She says they’ve tried just about everything to stop the seizures, even putting a simulator in her chest that communicates to her brain. “If she is to have a seizure, we have a magnet that works with it to run across her chest, and it will pull her out of it," said Gerads.

What they haven’t tried, is medical marijuana. “That is huge to us to get that going and legalized and tested on her, actually we are very, very, very, towards that,” said Gerads.

"For some people it's a wonderful hope for them, but the Epilepsy Foundation as well as the Mayo Clinic continue to research it," said Vicki Snyder, a community outreach coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

Gerad’s says she's done her homework and other success stories have brought her on board. “She (another girl) would go from 12 to 13 seizures a day, to maybe one every two weeks, and that would be great because it’s not just for my daughter, it’s for all the families that suffer," said Gerads.

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