Brandy Johnson said the recently approved law allowing use of cannabis oil to treat Missouri patients with epilepsy is a good start toward further research and legalization of medicinal marijuana, but it’s not enough.
“It’s a bittersweet victory,” she said. “A small victory.”
The Bernie, Missouri, mother of three became an advocate for medicinal marijuana after researching its benefits for those who suffer frequent seizures. Her youngest son, Tres, was born with diprosopus, commonly known as cranial duplication. It’s been estimated that fewer than 40 such cases have ever been reported.
Much of the time, infants with the diagnosis are stillborn or given just a few days to live. Tres celebrated his 10th birthday in March.