"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
   Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

Monday, March 10, 2014

Please Watch and Share!
...and MN Medical Marijuana Bill update

I wanted to give everyone a heads up to watch or set your DVRs to record CNN on Tuesday night.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta will present "Weed 2: Cannabis Madness". It looks like it airs at 9pm central time but please check your local listings to verify the time. This is the second part of CNN special that aired last year. Last year the video featured Charlotte Figi a Colorado girl with Dravet syndrome who went from 300 seizures a week down to about ONE since she's been taking a special form of medical marijuana. This part 2 features Vivian Wilson a New Jersery girl with Dravet syndrome. We met Vivian's mom Meghan at the Dravet conference a couple years ago. The Wilsons just moved to Colorado to get access to the medication their daughter needs!

Read more about the special here:

Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Meet Vivian
Direct link to video if you are viewing in email: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/health/2014/03/06/orig-weed-2-meet-vivian.cnn.html

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Bill Update
Last Tuesday the first committee heard HF1818 (the medical marijuana bill). The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee members heard over three hours of testimonies from families who desperately need access to this medication for their children or themselves. A few of the families we have gotten connected with on facebook were their sharing their stories and representing the need we all have. The stories are so sad!
(If you are interested in watching the testimonies you can see the link to watch it here: House Health and Human Services Policy Committee - part 2)

The bill passed the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee with a voice vote majority in support of the bill! YAY!

When I asked what steps this bill would go through, this is the answer I got from Heather Azzi, the Political Director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care...
 "Between the House and the Senate, this bill will go through about 8 policy committees. The policy committees will be followed by finance committees and then a vote on the floor of each body. If the Senate and House bill are identical, it will go on to the governor. If they are not, there will be a conference committee to work out the differences before it goes to the governor." It must pass each committee!

The bill's next hearing will be on Tuesday, March 11th at 10 AM. The bill will be heard by the Government Operations Committee.

This is definitely not a quick process!! We need prayers along the way that our law-makers will see the need and understand the impact this bill could have on so many!

One of the mom's on our MN Pediatric Cannabis facebook group put together this video with some of the many children in MN who are waiting for this bill to pass! Please watch and share. And grab a tissue! Luella is included in the video as well.


Direct link to video if you are viewing in email: http://youtu.be/6m03CIUKYfo

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