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Mother fights to use medical marijuana for her daughter's seizures
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying to stop the possible use of medical marijuana in the state.
Last week, Bondi told the state supreme court that the proposal is misleading. The proposed amendment must be reviewed by the florida supreme court before ti goes on the voting ballot next year. If the justices do not agree with the amendment's wording, they can block it from moving forward.
A mother in Escambia County wants to see that amendment pass. She says medical marijuana can help her 3-year-old daughter, who suffers from epilepsy. Ashlyn Martin says she's given her daughter other drugs, but she's worried about the side effects.
"This is 3-year-old Delani Martin. She seems like an average three year old having fun on her swing set. Except Delani suffers from seizures, something her mother wants to put a stop to."
"I just ask why can't I be the one with epilepsy?" 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." 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."
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."
She is now on just one of those pharmaceutical drugs and has around two to three seizures a week.
"A 3-year-old should not have to be on antidepressants, that just doesn't make any sense."
So she began to research and found a strain of medicinal marijuana that has 2 percent THC and 98 percent of CBD.
Some scientists 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."
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."
"For more information on the topic or how you can sign one of these petitions, you can click on news links.