The Idaho House recently killed a bill to help 10-year-old Alexis Carey, who has Dravet Syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy, and others like her. Though approved by the Senate, a House Committee said no to a promising oil extracted from a special strain of cannabis which is extremely low in THC and high in CBD. (Note: A related cannabis oil bill passed both chambers in the Idaho Legislature but was vetoed by Gov. Butch Otter.)
Alexis’ story made me think of little Charlotte Figi in Colorado. Orally administered CBD helped her to go from 300 seizures a week to 2 or 3 per month. For her and many others, it’s been a life saver. This isn’t about legalization of medical marijuana, it’s about saving lives. And the Dravet Syndrome Foundation estimates that 1 in 30,000 people are affected. That would equate to perhaps 50 cases in the entire state of Idaho.
To our Legislature, law enforcement officials and Gov. Butch Otter, I hope you will watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s recent CNN segment. CBD can be a game changer. It is now legal in 12 conservative states, including Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Utah. Please do the right thing for Alexis and a few other Idaho kids.
Rob Love, Boise
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