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Virginia Moms Want Kids with Epilepsy to Use Medical Marijuana

Beth Collins and Shannon Moore, both mothers of children who have moved to Colorado to obtain medical marijuana for their children with epilepsy, are reaching out to multiple national organizations this week to lobby for their cause.

States where medical marijuana/cannabis is legalized/decriminalized. Thompson Wall/Wikimedia Commons
States where medical marijuana/cannabis is legalized/decriminalized. Thompson Wall/Wikimedia Commons
Beth Collins of Fairfax and Shannon Moore of Frederick, two mothers who have moved to Colorado to legally obtain medical marijuana oil for their children with epilepsy, have had a busy week lobbying to representatives across the country.

Moore, Collins and Collins' husband, Patrick, held a conference call with the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy Monday. 

The lengthy process of legalization requires review from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and National Institute on Drug Abuse. Such a long wait time could be too long for children with conditions like epilepsy, Collins told The Washington Post. Lydia Schaeffer, a 7-year-old girl from Wisconsin whose mother similarly pushed for medical marijuana approval, died last month.

Collins and her daughter said her move to Colorado Springs in December paid off, though they now live some 1,600 miles away from family and friends.

Collins plans to submit testimony Friday for a House subcommittee in which Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) of Fairfax plans to call for the drug's reclassification to "allow for legitimate medicinal uses and promote rigorous scientific analysis," Connolly said. Marijuana is currently classified along with drugs like heroin and LSD in Schedule I in the United States Controlled Substances Act.

Collins previously reached out to the ONDCP in April to encourage the federal government to reclassify marijuana for medical use. 

In May, Collins and other parents of children with epilepsy sent dozens of personal letters to Attorney General Eric Holder urging for the reclassification of marijuana. Collins said she hopes to meet with Holder, who has the authority to reschedule marijuana without resistance since the attorney general oversees the DEA.

Frederick successfully advocated for medical marijuana legalization in Maryland early in 2014.
MikeA June 20, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Just tell Connolly that he can TAX the medical marijuana and he will be all over it!

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