Mother Seeks Medical Marijuana for 3-Year-Old Twins

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 03:27 PM

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A Maryland mother is working with state lawmakers to clear the way to give her 3-year-old twin boys medical marijuana to help ease their severe seizures, Fox News reports. 
 
Nicolas and Byron Deliyannis were born with a rare disorder called Miller-Dieker syndrome that causes almost daily seizures. Their mother, Shannon Moore, says nothing doctors has helped them.
 
"The medicines that they're on, in addition to having really negative side effects, have really stopped working for them," she says.

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Moore wants to give her kids medical marijuana to help calm their seizures, after learning about the therapy from a news report. But marijuana isn't legal in Maryland.
 
"Medical marijuana is helping to save lives of children with catastrophic epilepsy in other states where it's legal, and I want it to be legal here," Moore says.
 
Last year, the state legislature passed a bill making medical marijuana available through academic medical centers, but none has stepped forward to do so.
 
Now, Moore is working with local and state lawmakers, including Frederick County Delegate Patrick Hogan, to expand on that law. A bill is being introduced next week to make medical marijuana legal in Maryland.
 
"We took a step as a state last year to move forward with medical marijuana, and I feel like if we're going to do that, then we should make it available to those who can benefit from that," says Hogan.

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