Target: Renee S. Unterman, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services
Goal: Save the life of a nine-year-old child and others by legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.
A Texas child is being denied potentially life-saving medical treatments because of state laws prohibiting the use of medicinal marijuana. Nine-year-old Alexis suffers from intractable epilepsy, a disorder characterized by particularly severe seizures which usually occur during sleep and are difficult to control with conventional medications. A Colorado doctor has prescribed a marijuana derivative to help control the seizures, but Alexis’ parents would be at risk of legal recourse for administering it.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound produced by the cannabis plant known to work miracles in controlling seizures related to epilepsy. The compound, which has no psychoactive properties, has been shown to reduce seizures in over 80 percent of children taking it, and has stopped seizures altogether in 11 percent of children. The compound is particularly helpful when treating children with severe conditions such as Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy which causes dozens of seizures daily.
Alexis’ family has tried several conventional medications to no avail. Some resulted in violent behavior, others in excessive drowsiness, but none were able to treat the condition long-term. The Texas senate is currently reviewing a bill that seeks to make medicinal marijuana treatment a possibility for Alexis and other children.
It is irrational to allow patients to suffer when there are effective alternatives available. By legalizing medicinal marijuana, thousands of Texans could legally access medication to treat epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Chrohn’s disease, and more. Sign the petition below to show your support for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Texas.
Dear Ms. Renee S. Unterman,
The Texas senate is currently considering legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, a move that would have a positive effect on thousands of patients throughout the state, including children like Alexis who suffer severe forms of epilepsy. Alexis’ condition, which resists conventional treatment methods, causes frequent nighttime seizures and puts her at risk of sudden death. Medicinal marijuana could also benefit cancer and HIV patients receiving treatment, or those with multiple sclerosis and Chrohn’s disease.
It is ridiculous that patients are being denied access to life-changing treatments solely because of the stigma surrounding marijuana. The medical community has recognized the drug as an effective way to treat a myriad of conditions, yet it remains outlawed. We, the undersigned, ask that you support the initiative to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.
[Your Name Here]
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