Medical marijuana advocates hold rally to encourage patients to support the issue – Indianapolis Star


IndyCann and Higher Fellowship founder Bobbie Young talks about Saturday’s rally at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, which invited medical cannabis patients to share their stories and advocate for legalization of medical marijuana. Jenna Watson/IndyStar

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Rally-goers and organizers pose for a photo together during a rally outside the Indiana Statehouse held by IndyCann and the Higher Fellowship to advocate medical cannabis law reform, Indianapolis, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.(Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)Buy Photo

Scott Cooksey gives his son Timothy 18 pills a day. The 19-year-old, who lives in Terre Haute with his family, has intractable epilepsy and Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome. 

The former causes Timothy to have seizures that cannot be controlled by medication, and he has a nerve stimulator in his chest that helps prevent them. The latter is a rare genetic disorder that affects his coordination and motor skills, his grandmother Nancy Lovett said.

Even with the intense medication regimen, Timothy still suffers from seizures and experiences anxiety, his family said. A Colorado doctor told them that medical marijuana — using parts of the whole plant and not just Charlotte’s Web CBD hemp oil, which didn’t work — could ease Timothy’s seizures and improve his quality of life and motor skills.

The problem for the Cooksey family, however, is that they can’t legally obtain all of that in Indiana.

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On Saturday afternoon, Cooksey and those who had a personal connection to medical marijuana appeared to be in the majority at the Indianapolis Medical Cannabis Patients Rally. And

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