Oklahoma family moves to Colorado to treat son with cannabis diagnosed with a catastrophic form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. knows this firsthand through her involvement with American Medical Refugees. 'Marijuana refugees' are uprooting their lives and moving to Colorado, California and Oregon to legally use cannabis to treat their children's health conditions. The two-year-old has Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, and was moved to Colorado for medical cannabis, including her own family. The Botker and Burriesci families moved to Colorado for medical grown in Colorado that reduces the number of seizures in children with severe epilepsy. Realm of Caring, a Colorado foundation started by the family that Now the two are among hundreds of marijuana refugees moving to Colorado.
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A handicap-equipped van would have been better, but the economy ride was what they could afford. Vicky Pletka and her partner Rosie Wirth found their hope for their four-year-old daughter Lily in Colorado.
In May , they went on a desperate journey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Colorado Springs to try to save her. More parents are turning to cannabidiol CBD oil, a cannabis extract with little or none of the psychoactive compound THC, to treat their children who have cancer and epilepsy. The oil is currently legal in dozens of states, but its supply is limited. The Harmon family moved out of their home in Canyon on Saturday.
Friends filled the mint-green home and carried boxes out the door, under falling leaves to a U-Haul parked out front. Like so many parents I met, the Hilterbran's decision to treat Austin with cannabis reflected the state of desperation the family found itself in, not necessarily their optimism about the plant's medicinal value.
Oils derived from cannabis treated Austin's seizures better than any pill had, Hilterbran said. He's gone days, weeks, and months without seizures — something his parents wouldn't have expected in their wildest dreams — and they were also able to wean him off the half-dozen pharmaceuticals he was prescribed. Austin's story is nothing short of incredible, but what struck me during my trip to Colorado was how often I heard parents from all across the U. I met parents from Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida — even Ireland — who testified to the effectiveness of cannabis as medicine for their children.
American Medical Refugees — an organization that helps families transition from states where marijuana is illegal to Colorado — counts more than families as members, and each family's experience is certainly unique. That said, they share distinct commonalities: The evidence of marijuana's medical benefits continues to grow, albeit slowly in the U. Anecdotally, however, the evidence spills over in Colorado. When the acting chief of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, called medical marijuana " a joke " in , patients and advocates shook their heads.
Everything changed, however, when Forde began medical cannabis treatment last year. It sounds corny, but he just looked so much brighter.
He and his mother had to travel more than 4, miles from their hometown of Dunmanway, Ireland, to Aurora, Colorado , to legally access cannabis from a professional doctor. But anecdotally, pot advocates say they know of a number of international families who have traveled to the US to try medical marijuana — with some deciding to permanently relocate after observing positive impacts. Javier Pena, 40, said he moved his two seven-year-old twin boys from Spain to Colorado Springs last year so that they could start using cannabis oil.
The twins both have Batten disease, a neurological disorder that gave them regular seizures. Nicole Mattison, outreach director, says Realm of Caring knows of roughly families who have moved to Colorado for medical cannabis, including her own family, who moved from Tennessee to Colorado Springs for CBD.
Medical marijuana refugees: 'This was our only hope'
Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil “ marijuana refugees” when they moved from Virginia to Colorado. In one, last, desperate move, the family is going out to Colorado next a special strain of marijuana that is used to treat children with epilepsy. When Mohammad Halabi was a boy, his parents fled war in Lebanon to Parents are splitting up families and leaving behind careers to try a new treatment that strict They call themselves marijuana refugees. . Last week they stopped by a local Olive Garden restaurant to meet another refugee family.