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Northwest Arkansas Moms Push for Medical Cannabis

BENTONVILLE, AR-- One group is pushing to legalize medical marijuana in The Natural State. They spent their Saturday asking for signatures on the Bentonville square.
BENTONVILLE, AR-- One group is pushing to legalize medical marijuana in The Natural State. They spent their Saturday asking for signatures on the Bentonville square.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently lists 51 clinical trials that have been approved to study the different medical impacts of cannabidiol.

Two families are hoping medical cannabis makes it on this year's November ballot. Their children are suffering from rare conditions and they say Cannabidiol is their last resort.

Wrayanne Lesslie's daughter, Morgan suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.

Lesslie said, "If Morgan's seizure activity were to lessen, it would change our lives in the fact that we are not fearful for her death on a daily basis. I have a fourteen-year-old daughter with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome which causes her to have multiple seizure types on a daily basis. We get her up and we have to get through that seizure activity while we are trying to get our kids ready for school and ourselves ready for work and her fed and medicated."

It's a life her friend, Carrie Willyard knows all too well. Her son Luke has a similar condition. He's been having seizures since he was three-months-old.

Willyard said, "Worst it's been, ten seizures per day. Diapering, feeding, medication three times per day."

Willyard said they have tried more than 20 different medications, but she thinks medical cannabis can help with the trauma. "Specifically with these hard to treat forms of epilepsy like Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. It's a very different form of medical cannabis. You're not getting the THC. It's the cannabinoid oils that are really treating the seizures."

Two families with one goal... as members of the organization Arkansans for Compassionate Care, they are asking for support through signatures. They are hoping the 'Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act' makes it on this year's November election ballot.

Lesslie said, "Just to be free of the demon that attacks her brain every day multiple times. If the seizures would stop, that would be my ultimate goal."

They said, for kids like theirs, it's the only medication left to try.

Lesslie said, "Not being on these medications... we don't know what strides she would be able to make."

Willyard said, "We really have been through everything medically available to us at this point and this is something that we would like to give him an opportunity to try."

Arkansans for Compassionate Care needs more than 62,000 signatures to get the "Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act" on this years' ballot. So far, they have collected about 45,000.
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