As Legislation Reaches 60 Cosponsors, Speaker Paul Ryan Encourages Moms to Fight to Legalize Hemp Oil as Therapy for Severe Seizure Disorders

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2015) — Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) encouraged a group mothers, who traveled from across the nation to sit down with lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week, to continue fighting for the legalization of therapeutic hemp oil as a therapy for severe seizure disorders.  These mothers are representatives from The Coalition for Access Now, a non-profit coalition representing thousands of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nationwide.  Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA)’s introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1635) in the U.S. House of Representatives, earlier this year, which now has 60 co-sponsors, including Speaker Ryan. Continue reading

Melissa Etheridge: Middle-aged women are leading the marijuana revolution

As reported by Fortune: Melissa Etheridge is a woman of many identities. She’s a rock star who has made music for more than 30 years, bringing home two Grammys and an Academy Award in the process. She’s an LGBTQ activist, frequently speaking out in favor of gay rights and marrying her partner just last year. And she’s a cannabis advocate and entrepreneur, having recently launched a line of cannabis-infused “wine tinctures.” Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Coalition Founder Warns Congress Seizures Never Take a Recess

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 20, 2015)— Paige Figi, Founder and Executive Director of The Coalition for Access Now- a non-profit coalition comprised of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nation- wide— had her opinion piece, No August recess for our families, posted in The Hill’s Congress Blog yesterday afternoon. Continue reading

When all else fails for their children, desperate parents drive national push for medical marijuana

By Lex Talamo, News21, Nick Swyter, News21 and Calah Kelley, News21 August 18 Editor’s note: This report is part of the project titled “America’s Weed Rush,” produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project involving top college journalism students across the country and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. PITTSBURGH — In Room 716 of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 12-year-old Hannah Pallas is motionless but for an occasional turn of her head and the blink of her eyes, having suffered life-threatening seizures. On the same day, 5-year-old Sydney Michaels is down the hall in Room 749, waiting to be discharged after 15 grand mal seizures within 36 hours. Continue reading

Coalition Thanks North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for Supporting Low THC Hemp Oil as Therapy for Epilepsy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2015)— The Coalition for Access Now- a non-profit coalition comprised of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nation-wide—released today the following statement in support of Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) signing North Carolina HB 766.     Continue reading

Senator Orrin Hatch: The curative side of cannabis

A medical extract offers relief for epileptic children By Orrin G. Hatch  Imagine the following scenario: You have a son or daughter who suffers from epilepsy. Seizures wrack your child’s body every day. Some days, he or she endures a dozen or more seizures. The condition prevents your child from going to school, from eating normally, from having friends. It also exacts a toll on you and your family. You cannot leave your child alone for any extended period of time, and certain activities, such as sports games, road trips or visits to the movie theater, are off limits. Continue reading

Medical Marijuana Hits New Roadblocks in WI

A Wisconsin committee is taking up a bill that would allow the legal use of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizure disorders, but it’s hitting new roadblocks. It’s called CBD oil and right now, it’s legal in Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean it’s available. The oil is still illegal under federal law unless doctors get an FDA waiver to prescribe it and so far, none in Wisconsin have been willing to get one. Continue reading

Learn How Charlotte's Web is Made

Dateline NBC - Harry Smith gets a RARE tour inside the Stanley Brother's lab to see just how Charlotte's Web is made. Click here to learn how Charlotte's Web is Made

NBC's Harry Smith speaks with families of children hoping to use canabinoid oil for seizures

For some people, marijuana isn't about getting high - it's about getting well. NBC correspondent Harry Smith says he's been talking with families of young children who suffer from debilitating seizures and their hope comes from an oil extracted from marijuana but realizing that hope means taking on a very challenging legal battle. Click here to watch

Dateline NBC - WATCH: Growing Hope

VIDEO: Over a six month period, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith reports on the potential lifesaving benefits of medicinal marijuana and the emotional journey three Virginia families must take to help their children who suffer from life threatening seizures. Parents of children with severe epilepsy are supporting federal legislation that would allow cannabis oils in all 50 states. GROWING HOPE Part 1:  http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/full-episode--growing-hope-464847427875 Part 2:  http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/growing-hope--part-2-464847939675 Part 3:  \http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/growing-hope--part-3-464847939629 Part 4:  http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/growing-hope--part-4-464846915761 Part 5:  http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/growing-hope--part-5-464846915746 Part 6:  http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/growing-hope--part-6-464847427600