Bill passage allows children with certain conditions to use medical marijuana

Children with certain medical conditions can now legally become part of the medical marijuana program in Connecticut. As previously reported, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing patients under 18

News 12 Staff

Oct 16, 2016, 1:56 AM

Updated 2,834 days ago

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Children with certain medical conditions can now legally become part of the medical marijuana program in Connecticut.
As previously reported, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing patients under 18 access to the drug beginning this month.
News 12 spoke with a parent who pushed for this passage at legislative hearings. 
Dana Haddox-Wright's daughter Ella has Dravet syndome, a rare severe form of epilepsy she was diagnosed with as an infant.
Haddox-Wright says she learned about children with seizures who were taking medical marijuana to improve their quality of life. She says that was when she got involved with the push in Connecticut to allow kids with certain conditions into the state's medical marijuana program.
Ella isn't part of the program yet but Haddox-Wright says that doesn't mean she won't be. She currently takes 3 medications and is on a medical diet but still has seizures at least once a month, according to her mother.
Haddox-Wright says she thinks there are misconceptions about children and medical marijuana.
Those that qualify, aren't given a smokeable form of it. They get cannabis oil, which is low in THC.
The law also requires children have two doctors sign off on the treatment.
Right now, six neurological conditions and terminal illnesses are eligible for the state program.


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