A group of Nebraska lawmakers wants to legalize marijuana oil for patients with severe forms of epilepsy.
Influenced by families who have moved to Colorado because they want legal access to marijuana to deal with a family member’s seizures, the group of Nebraska lawmakers wants to craft a bill legalizing the drug in Nebraska so other families don’t have to leave.
“I am a seizure victim myself. It’s been 20 years since I had my last one. Always had an interest in epilepsy and trying to deal with solutions to it,” said state Sen. Al Davis, who just returned from Colorado on a medical marijuana research trip with colleagues Sens. Sue Crawford and Tommy Garrett. The Gillen family joined them.
“It has come full circle. I feel like the more that we’ve been educating legislators and the public of the better accepted it is,” said Shelley Gillen, mother for legal medical marijuana.
The Gillens want the marijuana extract cannabidiol oil legalized in Nebraska for their son Will, who suffers from severe epilepsy.
“I really think they will be able to present a positive argument for why this is a good thing,” said Dominic Gillen, father for legal medical marijuana
“I think it will be a easier to sell them then it was a year ago,” said Davis, who said he saw how cannabidiol oil dramatically reduced seizures in children with epilepsy during the Colorado trip. “I think we will prevail this next year. I just can’t imagine anybody who meets these parents and sees what they are going through and what these children are going through as far as the disease concerns would ever say no to this.”
“When people realize this is not about getting high, I understand that it is the oil in the process can be done in a safe way it’s very hard to find people that are against it,” said Dominic Gillen.