$50000 grant from state Epilepsy Foundation hopes to spur cannabidiol research – WTAQ

Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:25 p.m. CDT

A marijuana plant is shown at Oaksterdam University, a trade school for the cannabis industry, in Oakland, California July 23, 2009. REUTERS

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) – Wisconsin’s Epilepsy Foundation hopes a $50,000 grant will be enough to encourage medical research into cannabidiol.

That’s the marijuana derivative credited for helping children eliminate constant seizures — 100 a day in some cases.

The governor and Legislature approved its use earlier this year. But at the last minute, senators demanded a requirement that the drug go through the long FDA approval process before it can be legalized.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a group of mothers in Lancaster raised $20,000 toward the Epilepsy Foundation’s grant, in the hopes of giving an interested Wisconsin researcher a leg up on getting the FDA approval process started.

Children’s hospitals in Milwaukee and Madison have said they would not apply for permits to give the drug its necessary trials. They cited too many question marks.

Meanwhile, a child whose parent pushed for the cannabidiol legislation has died. Also, the mother of 9-year-old Nic Volker, who had a pioneering genetic sequence treatment, said she would move her son to a state that offers the cannabidiol treatment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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