DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) Ryan McDermott has to take five different kinds of medication, twice per day, but there’s one medicine his family said he’s missing that would eliminate the need for all of those pills: medical marijuana oil.
Despite legislation that passed last May allowing families in Iowa like the McDermotts to posses the oil there’s no clear, legal way to obtain it.
“Even though they have that legal access, the means of getting it is a little more difficult than anticipated,” says director of services for the Epilepsy Foundation Monta Ponsetto.
She says for families dealing with intractable epilepsy, time is precious.
“Waiting six months maybe before the dispensaries are open in Illinois or having to go to Colorado still to obtain the cannabidiol is a long time,” Ponsetto explains. “That may mean dozens or hundreds of seizures between now and that time.”
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