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‘Marijuana Refugees’ Move to Colorado for Cannabis Oil to Treat Epilepsy


When I first heard Democracy Now’s headline about “marijuana refugees” moving to Colorado, I, of course, thought of stoners who want to freely buy weed from a retail outlet, but the riveting story on Democracy Now focused on families that are leaving their homes in other states to get access to a particular cannabinoid oil that has been shown to be effective in controlling epileptic seizures.

That’s just plain stupid. Not getting cannabis oil– but having to leave your home, your job, and all of your friends to move across the country to gain access to an herbal remedy that can help your child lead a normal life.

Little Madeleine, who was featured on the show, had exhausted the available medical therapies and was facing brain surgery to remove half of her brain, when her mother heard about cannabis oil and decided to move to Colorado to obtain it. With cannabis oil, Madeleine went from suffering hundreds of seizures per day to being able to function as a normal child. (Check out the video, and you’ll see Madeleine and her smiling, happy Mom.)

From Democracy Now

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, at least 115 “marijuana refugee families” from 43 states have left jobs, homes and family so they could obtain the cannabis oil to treat a variety of ailments.

The big controversy with this use of cannabis is that it’s not a research-based treatment and not controlled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The glowing news reports and social media posts provide anecdotal evidence that cannabis oil can control seizures. Where are the clinical trials of this and other medical uses of marijuana? No where– because marijuana is still listed as a schedule 1 drug. Thanks to President Richard Nixon and the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana was put in the most dangerous drug category and labeled as having no redeeming medical value. Pretty much all research stopped after this law was passed in the 1970s. Research is still illegal without special permission and jumping through all sorts of hoops to obtain the weed to test.

With medical marijuana legal in 20 states plus the District of Columbia, recreation use of marijuana legal in two states, new findings about medical uses for marijuana popping up everyday, and millions of marijuana users nationwide, it’s time for the US to end its schizophrenic marijuana policies.

Here is a plant– a weed– that pretty much grows anywhere, and in two states you can buy it and use it freely, and everywhere else you’ll get arrested? What sense does that make? Madeleine and her Mom should not have had to leave Virginia to get treatment.

Let’s face it. The War on Drugs was an epic failure. It’s time to cast-off Nixon’s absurd schedule 1 category for marijuana, open up marijuana research, and legalize personal use and cultivation.

Here are the links to Democracy Now’s three recent medical marijuana stories.

Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil

As Marijuana Refugees Flock to Colorado, Will Medical Community Force Rewriting of U.S. Drug Laws?

Smoke Signals: Martin Lee on Growing U.S. Movement to Legalize Marijuana

10 comments on “‘Marijuana Refugees’ Move to Colorado for Cannabis Oil to Treat Epilepsy

  1. Victoria Blurgh
    May 10, 2014

    The debate about Marijuana shouldn’t even be happening, it’s been proven to be medicinal, it’s been linked to helping with cancer… What other natural substance can be used like this… Ughh, it frustrates me, decriminalize it and concentrate on other issues already. Awesome post btw. Sorry for my rant.


  2. - D
    May 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on Cannabis Journal.


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  4. annajaya67
    May 14, 2014

    I have immediately removed your post. I actually linked your post in the links in the post. Trust me it will never happen again. I was just trying to link patients to good sources of info. I apologize.


    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      May 14, 2014

      I don’t mind if you quote me and link back to the original source, but using the whole thing with no byline or obvious source quoted bugged me. Thanks.


      • annajaya67
        May 14, 2014

        Again, I apologize, It will not happen again.


        • Pamela Powers Hannley
          July 11, 2014

          I just realized that instead of copying the article, you can use the reblog function. That copies the whole article and automatically gives the original site and author credit.


  5. Catherine
    September 6, 2014

    How my daughter Epilepsy was cured with cannabis oil

    My daughter Maris have suffered from epilepsy from the past 7 years but no cure until i heard about cannabis oil and its fast curing effectiveness,I was directed by someone who have used the cannabis oil to cure her epileptic son to get the cannabis oil from the cancer centre London and she gave me an email to contact the centre ( londoncancercentre@gmail.com ) and i did immediately and i bought the cannabis oil and instruction on how to use it was given to me, I started the medication for my daughter and after she had taken the oil as prescribed, the seizures stopped and was cured and healthy again. I so happy now for the new development in my family.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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