The news is out – South Carolina will not have medical marijuana laws – but parents can still use a non-psychoactive cannabinoid oil for seizures, and they say it is helping their kids. Cathy Stevens, mother of 6-year-old Halle was interviewed by WYFF News and says the cannabis oil she gives her daughter doesn’t make her high, but does reduce her seizures.
Neurologist supports Stevens’ decision
Although Halle is still taking her regular medication, the hemp oil her mother gives her has reduced her seizures from two a day to two month. Her neurologist supports the intervention, even though cannabinoid oil is not approved by the FDA as a treatment for seizures.
Fortunately, Stevens doesn’t have to worry about getting arrested. Because the hemp oil she gives her daughter contains very low levels of THC, it is legal in South Carolina, WYFF reports. However, Stevens says there is still a stigma attached to using cannabinoid oil for her daughter’s seizure disorder. “It works like a medicine,” she told reporters, adding that she wouldn’t want her daughter to get high.
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What about the THC cannabinoid?
Some parents feel that the THC cannabinoid could also be used to help sick children. There is no doubt that this would be controversial. There are concerns among lawmakers that children may grow up as addicts, increasing the risk of psychosis, and they fear that having medical marijuana dispensaries in the state would promote the recreational use of cannabis.
What law makers say
In a statement, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association said that the stories about medical marijuana helping those who suffer from seizures or PTSD are well-known. He said that every effort should be made to provide relief, but that state law makers need to know that the FDA has properly investigated any drug being made available. As part of their duty to “protect and serve” state authorities are concerned that medical marijuana will create law enforcement issues, hence the decision to veto medical marijuana laws.
Cannabis Forward says education is the real issue
Non-profit organization Cannabis Forward says that law makers need to be educated about cannabis science. They fear that the “stoner stigma” is all that’s being seen, and that the medicinal value of the cannabis plant should be getting greater recognition.
Cathy Stevens says that if a child can have “great outcomes” from using a substance, it should be possible to allow for that without opening the door to illegal sale of marijuana for recreational use.
Will medical marijuana laws really increase recreational use?
What’s your opinion? Cannabinoid oil for seizures is getting widespread publicity, but it isn’t approved by the FDA. Did lawmakers make the right decision? Surely, regulated cultivation and use of hemp and marijuana would ensure that recreational products do not enter the black market any more than they already do. Would medical marijuana laws really result in an explosion of illegal activity?