Target: Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia
Goal: Legalize the use of seizure-reducing marijuana oils by severely epileptic persons.
A bill to legalize the use of marijuana oils for the treatment of seizures has passed the Virginia House of Representatives with overwhelming support. The bill would legalize the use of two oils rich in cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound in marijuana found to slow or stop seizures entirely in patients with severe forms of epilepsy. Despite the oils being made from marijuana, they have no recreational use due to the low concentration of psychoactive compound THC.
Dravet Syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy which causes dozens of seizures a day, each of which can be life threatening. Infants and children are most commonly affected by this disorder, which is not easily controlled. While anticonvulsants can help reduce the severity of the seizures, they have myriad side effects and can cause organ failure and death with prolonged use. Doose Syndrome, another extreme form of epilepsy, can become completely resistant to some anti-seizure medications.
CBD treats these and other forms of epilepsy effectively and with minimal side effects. One study found that the compound was able to stop seizures entirely in more than 10 percent of participants and reduce seizure frequency by 80 percent in another 40 percent of patients. Over 30 percent of patients saw seizures decrease by an average of half, with the majority of participants reporting an increased quality of life.
The bill will head to the Senate for approval and then to Governor Terry McAuliffe, who will choose whether or not to sign it into law. Sign the petition below to show your support for the legalization of medicinal marijuana oils, which could help hundreds of epilepsy patients statewide.
Dear Governor McAuliffe,
The Virginia House of Representatives recently passed a bill which would legalize the use of oils rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana compound found to successfully stop or reduce seizures in patients with severe forms of epilepsy. The oil, which has minimal side effects, is an effective treatment for Dravet Syndrome, a disorder characterized by dozens of seizures in a day, and Doose Syndrome, a medication-resistant form of epilepsy.
CBD has improved the lives of hundreds of children suffering from epilepsy. Despite the stigma that still surrounds marijuana in some parts of the world, the positive results are undeniable. We, the undersigned, ask you to support legislation legalizing the use of CBD oils to treat epilepsy.
[Your Name Here]
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