Texas’ pot laws remain strict as some relocate to help ailing kids
After calling Texas home for 30-plus years, Amber Loew plans to move her family in March from near Houston to Colorado Springs. Her 3-year-old, Hannah, has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes her more than 50 seizures a day.
“She’s gone into respiratory failure twice at home in the last six weeks,” Loew said. “We’ve tried just about everything. She’s on 12 anti-seizure medications.”
Through a national support group, she learned of a California man using medical marijuana to treat his similarly afflicted son. As an illegal drug, marijuana has little official research behind its health benefits.
But other children with the syndrome have benefited, she said — including Charlotte Figi, profiled by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta last year. And once things started moving on the legalization front in Washington and Colorado, “we realized this could be our answer,” Loew said. “This is our best hope.” Read more