Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil



http://www.democracynow.org – Last year, Dara Lightle and her nine-year-old daughter, Madeleine, became “marijuana refugees” when they moved from Virginia to Colorado. At the time, Madeleine was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day. Her doctors in Virginia recommended brain surgery. Then Dara heard how cannabis oil had treated children suffering from similar conditions. The oil worked. But since the oil was considered an illegal drug in much of the country, they had to move to Colorado, where it is legal, to continue treatment. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, at least 115 “marijuana refugee families” from 43 states have left jobs, homes and family so they could obtain the cannabis oil to treat a variety of ailments. We speak to Dara and Madeleine in Denver.

Watch the full segment on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/9/marijuana_refugees_virginia_family_moves_to

And see our related interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dave Philipps of the Colorado Springs Gazette. His most recent article is “As success stories of kids fighting seizures with cannabis oil mount, legal landscape is changing.” We also speak to the pioneering medical marijuana doctor Dr. Margaret Gedde. Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/9/as_marijuana_refugees_flock_to_colorado

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