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Friday, April 24, 2015

Sophia’s Story: Fighting the State for a Happily Ever After

7 years old, 3 surgeries, and 1 banned treatment

The Drug Policy Alliance and Learn Liberty have teamed up to tell the emotional story of Sophia Nazzarine, a 7-year-old girl suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy.

Doctors believe there may be a cure for her condition, but politicians won’t allow her parents to try a safe treatment derived from the marijuana plant.

“We’ve tried everything else that they could possibly come up with to try and stop these  seizures,” says Scott Nazzarine, Sophia’s father. “None of it has worked. We need legislation that allows our child to get the medicine she needs. But with or without it, we will continue to give our child what she needs to reduce her dangerous seizures.”

“The belief is that it’s the cannabadiol portion of [the marijuana plant] that seems to have less intoxicating effects and more of the anti­seizure effects,” explains Dr. Michael D. Privitera, Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati.

The video is being released just as legislation has been introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D­-NY) to allow those state programs to exist. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States ­or “CARERS Act” is the first-ever bill in the US Senate to legalize marijuana for medical use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress.

The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

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