“The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients living with epilepsy seizures and their families to access and medical care including medical marijuana, ” wrote Philip M. Gattone, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation and Warren Lammert, President the Foundation Board of Directors, in a statement released this week.
“If a patient with epilepsy and their doctors believe that marijuana is the best treatment option, they need to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana and need that access is now”.
Epilepsy is a neurological disease that affects more than 2 million in the US alone, more than 1 million of whom live with uncontrolled seizures.
The support of the Foundation comes just months after the Food and Drug Administration US. approved two clinical trials to study the efficacy of cannabinoids in the treatment of children with epilepsy.
“Nothing should stand in the way so that patients have access to treatments that could save their lives, “says the Foundation. “If a patient and health professionals consider the possible benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy, outweigh the risks, then families need to have that legal option now not in five or ten years. For people living with uncontrolled severe epilepsy, time is not on their side. ”
In addition to asking for greater access to medical cannabis for people with epilepsy, the Foundation has also asked the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to end restrictions that limit the investigation of medicinal cannabis.