The state of Georgia is one of a handful of states that has yet to pass any marijuana reform legislation. A young girl from Macon, GA, named Haleigh Cox is hoping to be the lightning rod to initiate change. The five-year-old girl has been suffering from hundreds of seizures per day, all the while being on five very potent drugs meant to control them. Needless to say, the drugs did little if anything to stop or even reduce the seizures.
Haleigh's mother, hoping to not have to watch her daughter suffer any longer, looked into alternative seizure treatments. Mrs. Cox came across lots of literature that said a form of medical marijuana (high-CBD strains) just might be the answer. Although she did not want to break up the family (the father had to stay in Georgia for work related reasons), Mrs. Cox took her daughter and set up residency in Colorado, due to its much more relaxed cannabis laws. Once in Colorado, Haleigh began a regiman of CBD cannabis oil treatments five times daily. Within weeks, the seizures were down to just a few a day.
Despite all this good news, the Cox family is still living in legal limbo. Since it is illigal to bring the much needed CBD oil across state lines, the family remains seperated. However, good news appears to be on the way. A bill being introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives could be the Cox's ticket home and a much needed family reunion.
Dubbed the Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014, the bill is named after Charlotte Figi, a young Colorado girl whose parents have campaigned nationwide for easier access to medical marijuana after successfully controlling their daughter's seizures with cannabis oil. Since her story became known, a growing number of parents like Mrs. Cox have flocked to Colorado, hoping for similar success. The Charlotte's Web cannabis strain, developed by the Realm of Caring nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, is in high demand, in part because of the attention it's received in the media. Many families wait months for a batch to be grown and processed into cannabis oil. Perry's bill, however, would appy to any cannabis strain with a THC content of less that 0.3%.
Charlotte's Web and similar strains not only have minimal THC, they have high levels of cannabidiol, another chemical. A growing body of anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabidiol can effectively control seizures. If Perry's bill becomes law, even if Georgia cannot produce the CBD oil as of yet, the Coxes could simply receive the cannabis oil treatment in a FedEx package.
I have to admit, my first thought was, "I'm against any form of pot profiling." Other strains that don't meet the >0.3% THC criteria have many great medicinal properties and should not be overlooked in the treatment of other ailments. That being said, this bill would definitely be a step in the right direction. CBD science is still in its infancy, but the drawbacks to it seem to be minimal, if any, especially when compared to the side effects of conventional seizure medications.