Alberta Girl Denied Marijuana for Epilepsy Gets Help in St. Catharines

8-year-old Mia’s seizures are caused by a rare type of epilepsy called Ohtahara syndrome

An Alberta mother whose daughter has severe epilepsy has travelled to St. Catharines, Ont. for a medical marijuana prescription after the girl’s doctor said he was no longer allowed to provide permission to purchase the product.

In 2013, Sandra Wilkinson had started extracting cannabis oil from dried marijuana — purchased from a licensed grower with a prescription from a neurologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital — to prevent life-threatening seizures in her eight-year-old daughter Mia.

But in July, the physician declined to renew the prescription because of a hospital policy based on the position of Alberta Health Services, the provincial health authority, which does not support the use of medical marijuana for pediatric patients with epilepsy.

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