Jump over the site's section navigation.

Washington IL Toddler Influences Medical Marijuana Debate

Wed, 07 May 2014 17:26:29 CDT
By: IPR

A two year old girl from Washington, Illinois is a key case in support of adding to the medical marijuana pilot program in the state. Doctors say Michaela Frederick was deprived of oxygen at brith, which caused severe epilepsy and up to 100 seizures a day. The Frederick family temporarily moved to Colorado and started Michaela on cannabis oil. Her father Adam says now some days she has no seizures.

   
You see it in her eyes. We're starting to meet Michaela for the first time. She is so much happier. And it has been just amazing."

Adam Frederick says FDA approved drugs kept Michaela in a fog. House members seem likely to support the addition of epilepsy as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The measure has passed out of committee, though a full House vote has not yet happened.

Support Your Public Radio Station