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Local mother advocates for medical marijuana


 Escambia County -  A local mother is firmly on board for use of medical marijuana.
       She believes it could help her three year old daughter who suffers from Epilepsy.
        "I just ask why can't I be the one with epilepsy," said Ashlyn Martin.
   
    When Delani was 14 months old she had her first seizure while her grandmother was giving her a bath.
     "I was just so scared for her, but I didn't want her to know or feel that mommy was scared," said Martin.    
   
    They took Delani to the doctor but it wasn't until a few months later she was diagnosed with Complex Partial Epilepsy.
    Her mother began to take videos to document the episodes.
    "Sometimes her eyes will roll back in her head and she'll move her hands like this, but if she's walking she will lose consciousness and one side of her body will go limp and she'll fall to the ground," said Martin.

    Ashlyn says Delani's doctors say it's hard to pinpoint why the seizures started.
    Delani has been placed on numerous medications many come with side effects that worry Ashlyn.    
     "When you look up the side effects for these antidepressant drugs it's just terrible.. it's like suicidal thoughts, stomach ache, internal bleeding and she can't tell me," said Martin.
   
    She is now on just one pharmaceutical drug and has around two to three seizures a week.
    "A three year old should not have to be on antidepressants, that just doesn't make any since," said Martin.
   
    So she began to research and found a strain of medicinal marijuana that has 2% THC and 98% of CBD.
    Some scientist think CBD quits the excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain that causes seizures.
    This type of marijuana would not be smoked but extracted from the plant as oil and placed in Delani's food.
     "Until you do your research I don't think you should just you know put your nose up at it. It's something that would greatly help my daughter," said Martin.
   
    Because medical marijuana is not legal in the state of Florida Ashlyn went online and stated a petition.
     "If I have to go to door to door whatever I have to do," said Martin. 
     For more information on the topic or how you can sign a petition you can go to www.unitedforcare.org