Medical Marijuana Saved My Child’s Life

I was not a likely candidate for becoming a marijuana advocate.

I grew up with the understanding that marijuana was a drug to be avoided. My mother told me in no uncertain terms that she would turn me over to the police if she ever caught me using.

I am also a scientist, I believe in numbers, in testing. But when a national news story hit about marijuana helping children with Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy, I had no choice but to battle my beliefs and try to save my child.

I’ve told my story — or rather that of my daughter Maile Jen’s story — many times. Maile Jen, or MJ, has a rare and intractable form of epilepsy called the Dravet syndrome. During her first four years, she had an estimated 3,000 seizures a day.

– Read the entire article at Civil Beat.