The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

November 28, 2013

Medical marijuana

First and foremost, my sincere thank you to The Daily Item, for the recent article related to the Rally and Press Conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The well planned event was in support of a pending bill which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The rally also was planned to help correct the misinformation about the medical benefit of marijuana for certain illnesses.  

Though I was very glad to see your coverage of this event, I was dismayed to see the heading of the article read “Senate ponders medical pot.” I was in attendance for the entire event and the term “pot,” to my knowledge, was never verbalized. Terms used included: medical marijuana, cannabis, CBP and medical pharmaceuticals. If we are to correct the misinformation circulating related to medical marijuana, referring to it as “pot” in news headlines, is not going to get the support needed, for the passing of the House bill. “Pot” has a very negative and derogatory connotation and by using this term you belittle the benefits afforded by medical marijuana.

I attended the event because I have a 3-year-old grandson living in Hershey and by his first birthday he was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, also called severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. His relentless seizures cause spasms and convulsions which cause his head to jerk violently and make his eyelids flutter and his eyes roll. The seizures sometimes last up to 45 minutes. His family has been battling the past two years, with many options related to his condition, with no improvement. Medical marijuana seems to be their final treatment option. At this point the correct strain of marijuana needed, is only available in Colorado. Families need to establish residence there, to secure the treatment. For this reason, the House bill introduced is to “set up a legal framework where someone who is sick can get marijuana for medical purposes without violating the law.” The passing of this bill would provide many families with hope and improved life for their loved ones.  

The Rally was meant to create awareness and educate people about medical marijuana and its use. For the information of all, the ingredient believed to benefit seizure patients, called CBP, doesn’t produce a high. It can be turned into oil or pill form and used as a medication.

Carol H. Brann,

Lewisburg

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