Bellevue family fights for medical marijuana for son

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) — When the Gillen family of Bellevue began urging Nebraska lawmakers to allow medical cannabis to be used for chronic illnesses, their son, Will – who has epilepsy — was 11. He’s 15 now. And medical cannabis remains illegal in the state.

“When we started, there really wasn’t a conversation about this,” said Dominic Gillen.

Even though there’s been conversation, the small victory in the medical marijuana debate is little consolation for the family.

Just talking about it among senators does nothing for their son and his epileptic seizures.

Reporter: “It has to be taxing?”

Shelley Gillen: “It’s very emotionally and physically exhausting.”

Nebraska is officially studying medical marijuana.

The holding pattern stayed that way last month as the couple listened to two hours of floor debate in the Nebraska legislature.

Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln: “We are not

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