Major changes are coming in Virginia’s medical marijuana laws. Lawmakers unanimously approved legislation to allow all doctors to prescribe an oil extracted from weed for anyone who needs it. The change came about from a grassroots struggle.
It’s been an emotional fight by Virginia families desperate to help their children. They brought their pain and suffering—including a child’s seizure—straight to the state capital.
“I look to see if my daughter’s lips are blue,” said an emotional Lisa Smith, who brought her 14-year-old daughter to Richmond in 2015.
They were part of a group of families fighting for laws to allow people suffering from epilepsy to be treated with medical marijuana. Beth Collins moved with her daughter Jennifer to Colorado for a year so that she could legally use cannabidiol, an extract of the plant, which nearly eliminated Jennifer’s 300 daily seizures.