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“This proposal will allow children and adults who experience severe epileptic seizures to experience the best quality of life possible.” - Senator Melinda Bush

032514 js 0617CLRSPRINGFIELD - For some children, everyday is a struggle. For children with myostatic-astatic epilepsy, struggle would be a welcomed pause from the more than 1,500 epileptic seizures they experience every day.

Senator Bush (D-Grayslake) believes that the exploration of medical marijuana as a seizure inhibitor should be expanded to Illinois. That’s why she is cosponsoring a proposal that would add seizures and epilepsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualifies an individual for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

“We’ve heard testimony that medicinally prescribed marijuana lessens the frequency, pain and deterioration that stems from catastrophic seizures,” Bush said. “If this option helps just one person in Illinois, I will consider it a success.” 

A child who experiences over 1,500 seizures every day is seizing once every 15 to 30 seconds.  Individuals with this condition experience significant developmental disabilities as a result of the seizures.

Various studies have found that medical cannabis oil reduces the numbers of seizures experienced by these patients, when ingested orally.  Some patients report that medical marijuana completely eliminated their seizures. 

“This proposal will allow children and adults who experience severe epileptic seizures to experience the best quality of life possible,” Bush said.

States such as Colorado and New Jersey have already permitted the use of medical cannabis by children to alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy and legislation similar to the Illinois proposal has recently been introduced in Georgia, Florida, and Ohio.

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