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Cannabis Oil Offers Hope To Local Family

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The Iowa legislature passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy. It allows the medical use of oil derived from the cannabis plant as a last-resort treatment for seizures caused by a chronic form of epilepsy. The governor has 30 days to decide whether or not to sign it into law.  If this bill become law, it will offer hope for families who have children that suffer from seizures.

"Any parent just wants their child to be a child. I want him to be able to run and play and have fun and make friends and maybe this will help us get there," said Jayme Hazen.  The help Jayme Hazen is talking about is cannabis oil. Her son Lukas suffers from infantile spasms, a pediatric form of epilepsy that causes seizures along with physical and mental learning disabilities.   At almost two years old, Lukas functions as a five month old.

"He has fought through more things in his little life than most people have to throughout an entire lifetime," said Hazen.Lukas is still fighting.  The good news is he hasn't had a seizure since Valentines Day.  The bad news is the medicine he takes to limit seizures has dangerous, even life threatening side effects."With severe steroids there's a possibility of extremely high blood pressure and a stroke," said Hazen. "There's Sabril which has a possibility of him losing his already limited vision ," said Hazen.

Hazen says she's already switched his medications four times. She's wanting to switch it once more hopefully for the last time.  "Medical cannabis oil is our next option if the seizures haven't subsided. If he hasn't beat the battle yet because the side effects of fatigue are much better than possible vision loss or possible stroke," said Hazen.  Hazen says she reads about the success stories from cannabis oil in Colorado and one day hopes Lukas is one of them in Iowa.  "Even if it doesn't help Lukas, it might help another child our there or someone else with epilepsy. the proven research is promising," said Hazen.

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