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State Assembly Approves Marijuana Oil For Kids With Seizure Disorders

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This week the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill that would allow "CBD Oil", derived from a specially bred strain marijuana, to be used here in Wisconsin to help treat children with seizure disorders. The state senate has not yet voted on the bill.

Children in Colorado and California have seen dramatic results from "CBD Oil".

The families of several thousand children in Wisconsin suffering from drug-resistant seizures could see benefits from the same treatment.

A Marinette family is one of them.

"She started having her seizures when she was 6 months old," says Kelly Christian.

Her daughter Annika has been living with Dravet Syndrome for 15 years. 

She's been given dozens of different pharmaceutical combinations in an attempt to stop the seizures. 

"She developed bleeding disorders," along with other side effects says Kelly.

They tried special diets and even brain surgery ...

"We were truly grasping at straws," says Kelly emotionally.

Annika still has seizures and still battles side effects from the medication that helps control them.  Kelly says the medication affects Annika's ability to communicate and causes poor balance. 

For the Christian family, this could be as good as it gets.

But Steve and Su Figi of Menasha have a message.

"Let that family know there is hope," says Steve.

Their 7 year old granddaughter Charlotte has Dravet Syndrome too.  She lives in Colorado.

"She went from 20-60 a day, grand mal seizure, and it just knocked her out. She couldn't get off the floor, she couldn't feed herself," says Steve.

 2 years ago, after every other treatment had failed, Charlotte was given "CBD Oil" from a special strain of marijuana bred to have low levels of THC.

"She's not getting high and she's not smoking it," says Su Figi.

"Right," says Steve, "this is CBD, it's not the psychoactive part marijuana. It's taken in an oil form, just a little bit, twice a day."

The results were immediate and dramatic.

Charlotte's seizures dropped from 300 a week to one, every other week.

She started walking and even playing.

"Now she can ride a bicycle with training wheels," says Steve smiling.

"And she's fast!" adds Su.

Charlotte's success story aired on CNN. Kelly Christian saw it three weeks ago.

"I was just amazed, I was amazed," she says emotionally.

If CBD Oil could work that well for Annika, "I think it would get her life back," says Kelly.

It's not legal to use in Wisconsin yet and the Figi's want to help change that.

"It's been a miracle in our lives. Our whole purpose now is to help other families so they don't have to move out of the state to get this medicine," says Steve.

They helped lobby the State Assembly and now are lobbying the State Senate to vote on the bill before the Spring session ends next week.

For children with seizure disorders like Dravet Syndrome, time is of the essence.

"So many have died waiting to get on this it's just not right to keep it from them," says Su Figi emotionally.

Annika has already out lived her life expectancy and now her parents are holding on to the hope that CBD Oil will be legalized in Wisconsin.  More information about the movement in Wisconsin is here: https://www.facebook.com/stopseizures

CBD Oil has not been approved by the FDA and has not been studied very extensively, in large part because it is illegal to possess in many states.

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